Oxfam announces reshape of operations

24th Oct 2013

Development agency Oxfam has today announced that it is reshaping its UK-based operations to reflect a shift in the organisation's priorities. The charity is to focus more of its resources in poorer countries where last year it directly benefitted more than 13 million people.

The revised structure is designed to strengthen Oxfam's position as a global thought leader and make it more efficient in supporting development and delivering aid in the areas of the world where it is needed most.

The organisation will concentrate its work in fewer countries, increase its ability to share learning and influence governments and institutions in poorer countries, and focus on promoting poor women's rights.

Mark Goldring, Oxfam CEO, said: "It is imperative that we have an Oxfam which lives within its means and is relevant to 21st century needs. Advances in technology mean we no longer need as much support in head office. Instead our resources will be focused in the regions where we carry out the majority of our work.

"This will mean we can deliver the most effective and efficient support to the millions of people who go to sleep hungry each night."

The changes will be implemented in two stages. Initially there will be reform of a number of services including human resources, finance, business support and campaigns and policy at the Oxford-based headquarters. This will enable Oxfam to balance its budget and, in due course, provide additional funds to invest in programmes. The proposed plan is expected to result in the loss of 125 posts in the UK and the closure of some English regional offices.

Then, from 2015, Oxfam will begin to make changes to its international programmes, working closely with the 16 other Oxfams around the world. The resulting savings will be reinvested in enhanced programmes to help eradicate poverty.

Jane Cotton, Oxfam's human resources director, said: "This is the start of a consultation process with staff. We will make every effort to keep the number of redundancies to a minimum and where possible we will redeploy people and help colleagues find work elsewhere if this is not practical.

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Oxfam GB employs 5300 people worldwide and works with more than 22,000 volunteers.

The Annual Report for the 12-month period ending 31 March 2013 was released Wednesday 24th July 2013. Oxfam's overall income for 2012/13 was £367.9m.  In 2011/12 its overall income was £385.5m.

Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty.  From life-saving emergency response to life-changing development projects and campaigning for lasting change, Oxfam works in 94 countries as part of the Oxfam International confederation to tackle poverty at its roots.

For every £1 donated, 84p is spent on emergency, development and campaigning work, 9p is spent on support and governance and 7p is invested to generate future income.  Oxfam has nearly 700 high street shops across the UK selling donated fashion, books, music, homewares and new ethical products.