Job cuts at Dutch Oxfam office

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Oxfam Novib, the Dutch branch of the Oxfam development aid group, is to shed 45 of its 330 jobs, most of them at its headquarters in The Hague. The organisation said the cuts are unavoidable since the subsidies it receives will drop by at least 30 million euros next year.

The cuts coincide with a chang of approach by Oxfam Novib. The organisation plans to shift its activities to inside developing countries, and away from the central office in the Netherlands.

The organisation's director Farah Karimi told reporters that the number of countries where Oxfam Novib is working will be halved, and in the remaining countries local staff will be hired to work on projects.

A further reason Oxfam Novib gives for cuts at central office is that many sponsors insist on financing specific projects, rather than contributing to the organisation's general funding.


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