Oxfam Aceh program update

Published: 16 March 2006

Oxfam's regular monitoring processes have found financial irregularities in an Oxfam project office in Aceh province, Indonesia. Oxfam has taken the decision to temporarily suspend part of our operational activities in the districts of Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar while our auditors thoroughly review the issue.

During this time, essential services such as water trucking and rubbish collection will continue. Other activities – such as house building and livelihoods support – will be put on hold. We expect to have restarted all of our work within a few weeks at the most.

We apologize to communities, our partners and the Government of Indonesia for the inconvenience caused by this disruption. Oxfam will use every means at its disposal to recover any money found to be missing.

Oxfam is committed to upholding the strictest and most rigorous financial controls, in line with the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR) efforts to ensure that the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Aceh and Nias is conducted in a transparent and accountable manner. The temporary suspension of our operations will allow us to be more accountable to the communities that we work with, and ensure improved service delivery in the future.

Once the program is operational again we will prioritize getting those projects affected by the delay back on track.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:
Brendan Cox, on +44 (0)1865 472 289, or + 44 (0) 7957 120 853
bcox@oxfam.org.uk