What is co-funding? How does it work in this case?
Some of our donors often say to us that they will only fund specific projects if we commit to raise an agreed amount of funds for the project ourselves. For example, a donor might say that they agree to fund 50% of the project but Oxfam must pay for the other 50%*. This means that if we cannot provide our share of the funding, we lose the other 50% from the donor. And this is why your money is so vital: it will help unlock funding that we would otherwise be unable to get, making your money go a lot, lot further! *Note: The percentage can vary and could be as much as 90% for our
Who is the donor?
A range of donors offer co-funding. They include the UK government's Department for International Development, the European Union, as well as private trusts and charitable foundations, to name just a few. As they often do not fund 100% of our projects, we need to provide the rest of the funding and your money will help us do this!
Is this going to mean Oxfam (and Oxfam's beneficiaries) get less money than if I paid full price?
Quite the opposite! Your money will help us meet our co-funding obligations, which will unlock the funding that other donors have promised!
Will the goats still be looked after just as well?
Of course. Oxfam shares your concerns about animal welfare. Oxfam supports communities by providing livestock, and it is not without taking this highly-important issue into account. We consult with local communities who have traditions of care for livestock, and we have also created a set of welfare guidelines to ensure that all livestock is well cared for. These guidelines are supported by the RSPCA and were developed with the Humane Society of the US. We provide training to beneficiaries and local animal healthcare workers so there is ongoing support for the animals.