Promises to keep
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Evaluation of the implementation of "Towards Global Equity," Oxfam International’s Strategic Plan, 2001 – 2006
"Promises to keep" was the first comprehensive, independent evaluation of the work done by the Oxfam International affiliate organizations during the five year term of our first joint Strategic Plan, "Towards Global Equity."
Available here are the Executive Summary and the full report, which covers Trade, Education, Humanitarian Response and Gender.
Assessing our impact
"Promises to keep" assesses the impact we had between 2001 and 2006, and we have built this learning into our current six-year Strategic Plan, "Demanding Justice" published in June 2007.
The evaluation was positive about much of what Oxfam achieved, though it also highlighted areas where we could improve.
Commitment to learning
There are some assertions and findings in the evaluation with which Oxfam International does not agree. We have addressed these in a separate note ‘Promises to keep: Oxfam International’s response’, published here alongside the evaluation.
Some of the criticisms, particularly of our capacity to evaluate our joint work, are a consequence of Oxfam International being a young organization. While it will take time to develop collective systems and standards across our diverse confederation, we have explicitly addressed this issue in our current Strategic Plan ‘Demanding justice’ by building in a much stronger emphasis on evaluation and learning.
How are we doing?
We are committed to openness and transparency because this is important to public accountability.
We encourage our stakeholders, particularly partners, to read and engage with Oxfam International around the issues raised in this evaluation. If you would like to be part of the feedback process, please email us to register your interest.