May 21

Oxfam to Close in 18 Countries and Cut 1,500 Staff Amid Coronavirus Pressures

By Peter Beaumont

Oxfam International is to lay off almost 1,500 staff and close operations in 18 countries – including Afghanistan where it has worked for 50 years – after it emerged that the global aid organisation had been bleeding cash during the coronavirus crisis.

The agency has seen its funding model hit by an accumulation of crises.

Still suffering from a fall in donations from the public in the UK because of the Haiti sex abuse scandal, and heavily dependent on its shops in a number of European countries – to the tune of £5m a week – Oxfam’s other sources of funding had also begun drying up.

Oxfam Australia had already made deep cuts earlier this month, while cuts in the UK to Oxfam GB were also foreseen.

Photo courtesy of Market Development Facility.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

global development, NGOs