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Mythbusters: Four development aid myths European governments must dismiss

Oxfam EU blog - 22 May 2015 - 19:39

By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor

When European development ministers meet on Tuesday (26 May) to decide how the EU will approach overseas aid for the next 15 years, they may find themselves surrounded by smoke and mirrors. Various myths swirl around how European countries can best fund international development – or how they can limit funding it.
But what stories are being told? And what affect could they have on Europe’s approach to July’s Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa? These are the main fables development ministers must ignore:
Myth One: Less people are living in poverty now, so we don’t need to spend more money
Big steps have certainly been taken since 2000 to halve the number of people across the globe living in extreme poverty, and the progress made should be commended. However, this is by no means a sign that the job is done.
Many studies suggest that if a business-as-usual approach to overseas aid is maintained, hundreds of millions of people will still be scraping by on less than €1.25 a day for the next 15 years. Many more could fall back into poverty as a result of increasing climate change-related disasters and skyrocketing inequality. The international community has made headway in the fight against global poverty, but plenty still needs to be done.
Myth Two: Poorer countries can finance themselves through taxation, and so don’t need as much aid
Progress has been made by poorer states in mobilizing resources themselves. Developing countries have raised more revenues from tax over the past 15 years but this still remains far below what European countries collect and most importantly, far below their potential.
While these improvements are encouraging, developing countries still lose nearly $1 trillion annually through illicit financial flows. The European Network on Debt and Development estimates that for every $1 developing countries gain, $2 seeps over their borders. Rather than cutting aid because of increased growth in some developing countries, aid should instead be used to help these countries build the capacity to negotiate fair tax deals with developing countries, participate in international tax forums and strengthen domestic tax-collecting ability.
Myth Three: The private sector can fill the gaps in current overseas aid spending
Donors are actively promoting the use of overseas aid to directly help private companies leverage investment for development finance. The private sector does have a role to play in improving the lives of people in poverty, and private finance is needed to fill the financing gap for the new sustainable development goals. But governments need to take a more balanced approach to relying on private resources, and ask some important questions before dishing out an increased amount of scarce funding to the private sector.

Overseas aid has the advantage of targeting the poorest and most marginalized people in society, whereas private financing is only effective when targeting profitable sections of a population. There is a lack of evidence that these approaches to aid have actually helped developing countries raise their own funding and resulted in genuine improvements on the ground. The agenda also ignores the risk that these financing approaches pose to the fragile public finances of developing countries.
Myth Four: Emerging countries are donating more, so we don’t need to spend as much
Recently, both emerging economies – such as Brazil, China, Indonesia and South Africa – and philanthropic foundations have become increasingly large contributors of development assistance. This pattern has led some to suggest that European aid is not as significant as it once was.
However, the numbers tell a different story. The roughly $16 billion of funding exchanged between developing countries in 2011 only equaled an eighth of overseas aid from OECD nations, and only reached this proportion due to a stagnation of aid donations from rich countries rather than increased funding from unconventional sources. Research also suggests that aid from foundations and philanthropic investors has yet to have a major impact on the ground.
Instead of letting the quality and quantity of overseas aid be dictated by half-truths and hearsay, EU development ministers must instead truly recognize the catalytic potential of overseas aid to transform the lives of the world’s poorest people. European countries must recommit to spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on overseas aid by 2020, and develop clear timetables on how they will achieve this. Half of this aid must go the world’s least developed countries if the EU is truly serious about improving the lives of the world’s poorest – particularly in Africa but also across the rest of the globe.

Coordonnateur du Développement Economique des quartiers Deprez et Carrefour Feuilles (INT1519)

Oxfam Great Britain - 22 May 2015 - 19:13
Region: LAC, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term INTITULÉ DU POSTE: Coordonnateur du Développement Economique des quartiers Deprez et Carrefour Feuilles (h/f)

LOCALISATION: Haïti, Croix-Desprez -Carrefour-Feuilles

FAMILLE: Programme

SALAIRE BRUT: USD 37 432 / an

GRADE: National C2

MISSION D’OXFAM: Travailler en partenariat pour faire disparaître la pauvreté et la souffrance.

 

MISSION DE L’ÉQUIPE: S’assurer qu’Oxfam possède les capacités techniques, logistiques et de gestion pour répondre efficacement aux urgences humanitaires dans le monde.

 

MISSION DU POSTE: Coordonner les activités de Développement Economique sur la zone d’intervention de Desprez et de Carrefour Feuilles entre le projet PARAD.

En particulier, le coordonnateur du Développement Economique aura pour mission de définir les plans d’actions relatifs aux activités prévues dans le cadre du projet PARAD: 

Change Manager (INT1518)

Oxfam Great Britain - 22 May 2015 - 17:47
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term CHANGE MANAGER, DRC

 VACANCY : Change Manager

KINSHASA, RÉPUBLIQUE DÉMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO

Type de contract: 12 Months,  Fixed term

Salary : 25,596 £ Net per annum. Oxfam will meet the tax and social security liabilities of the post holder in relation to employment with Oxfam

 

 

 An expert in Change management

 

Background

 

Oxfam is one of the world's leading humanitarian and development agencies assisting people affected by natural disasters, poverty and conflict throughout the world. With many thousand staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 80 countries, Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to end poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term programmes for poverty alleviation and...

Deputy Shop Manager (Beaconsfield) (TRD0476)

Oxfam Great Britain - 22 May 2015 - 11:20
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 21 per week

Contract: open-ended

Salary: £8,727 basic salary + £928 hotspot allowance per annum

Interviews: 19 June 2015

 

 

 

Deputy Shop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of our...

Donor Compliance Officer (INT1517)

Oxfam Great Britain - 22 May 2015 - 9:07
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Donor Compliance Officer

Oxfam South Sudan is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Donor Compliance Officer for management of one of the grants (OFDA) in our programme.

Some of the key responsibilities are:To provide advice and support to project team in all aspects of financial management and donor requirements for OFDATo assist in the co-ordination and management of humanitarian programmes with particular responsibility on financial management and budget setting process.Ensuring compliance to Oxfam international policies and procedures, as well as those of OFDA on top of Oxfam policies, such as SAM and Charter requests.Ensure all project expenditures are in line with the donor requirement and proper filling of financial documents, by conducting monthly reviews of paperworkTo support on donor narrative and financial reporting, including...

Public Health Engineer Technical Team Leader (INT1514)

Oxfam Great Britain - 22 May 2015 - 4:51
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Public Health Engineer Technical Team Leader

Oxfam International in South Sudan is looking for experienced and enthusiastic candidates for a roving  position as Public Health Engineer Technical Team Leader to support our humanitarian and development Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes.

Background: South Sudan being the newest country in the world has an unstable background marred with insecurity, and a long history of civil wars and inter-tribal conflicts. The country has been classified as a “Fragile State”, and therefore, both the humanitarian, as well as the development needs are tremendous.  Only 6% of the population has access to toilets and the general population also have limited access to safe drinking water. Several potential emergency situations are developing within the country requiring concerted efforts...

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Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 15:03
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Make a difference, where it really counts

Location: Addis Ababa-Ethiopia

Level: Global B2

Salary: GBP 30,647-GBP 42,859 net per annum + competitive benefits package

Contract Type: One year, renewable

Status: Accompanied

 Oxfam is looking for a dynamic team player to work with the Oxfam in Ethiopia. S/he will report to the Oxfam International Country Director and will work in close coordination with numbers of partners, Alliances & project teams in Ethiopia. It is a strategic priority for Oxfam in Ethiopia to provide high quality technical and managerial leadership to Oxfam GB’s humanitarian and long-term development programmes in Ethiopia.

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Deputy Homeware Shop Manager (Mirfield) (TRD0475)

Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 14:43
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedDeputy Homewear Shop Manager

Hours: 18 hours per week

Contract: Open ended

Salary: £7480 per annum

Interviews: 25 June 2015

 

 

 

Deputy Shop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of...

Deputy Book Shop Manager (Headingley, Leeds) (TRD0474)

Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 14:26
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Fixed Term Deputy Book Shop Manager

Hours: 18 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term for 7 months

Salary: £7480 per annum

Interviews: 26 June 2015

 

 

 

 

Deputy Bookshop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam bookshops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop...

Consultancy for final Programme Evaluation (INT1512)

Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 14:25
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: ConsultancyConsultancy

Oxfam and partner are implementing ‘Enhancing Humanitarian Institutional and Community Capacity project  in Lakes State’ to raise the profile of humanitarian principles and promote positive institutional change at County and State level in relation to Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R). where Oxfam provides technical “on the job” guidance to SSRRC enumerators (who conduct registration and assessments), County level SSRRC members for prepositioning, planning, and coordination, and State level members through coordination with commissioners, national legislative assembly, and the governor, in addition to humanitarian actors

 

The end of project evaluation is aimed to provide accountability and to evaluate the impact and extent to which the project has achieved its expected objectives, its use of resources, and to summarise key lessons learned....

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Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 14:23
Region: Humanitarian, Division: International, Job Type: Open endedINT 1509 Campaigns and Advocacy Manager

 

Oxfam Great Britain

Closing Date: 4 June 2015

Salary: £30,647 – £42,859 per annum net, (net salary means that Oxfam GB will meet the tax and

social security liabilities of post-holder in addition to net salary)

Contract Type: Open ended

Hours: Full Time – 40 per week

Location: Nepal

 

Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. As an Oxfam employee, you will join a team of professionals that is part of the international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries. As part of a global movement for change, we are working together to end world poverty and injustice.

 

This is...

Paralegal Business Support Administrator (Shared Legal Service) (FIN0134)

Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 13:54
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedMore often than not, Administrators are the lynchpins of an organisation. But here at Oxfam, the job you do will have a much bigger impact than that. As a Paralegal/Business Support Administrator within the Legal Team, you’ll be helping to create a brighter future for those living in poverty right across the world.

 

The role

In this role you will provide support to the Shared Legal Service and co-ordinate the recruitment of volunteers and pro bono lawyers for the legal function. Taking charge of day-to-day operations, you’ll be personally involved in everything from ensuring the necessary contracts and powerpoints are ready and available for meetings, dealing with registration documents: preparing paperwork for legalisation/notarising and liaising with Legal Team members in...

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Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 13:06
Region: Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS), Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

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Another important aspect of your role will include supporting humanitarian preparedness and response for Oxfam.

 

About the MECIS Region

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Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 13:05
Region: Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS), Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

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About the MECIS Region

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Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 12:27
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: ConsultancySustainable livelihoods through Value Chain Development for Pastoral Communities in Turkana.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS STRENGTHENING.

 

INTRODUCTION:

Oxfam is an International Non Governmental Organization working with others to overcome poverty and suffering and has been working in Kenya since 1963. Oxfam has extensive experience in implementing humanitarian and development programmes in pastoral areas in collaboration with various local and international organizations.

 

In Kenya, Oxfam works with marginalized communities in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs), focusing on:

 Developing market-based alternative and complementary livelihoodsInitiating water resource development, management and public healthSupporting livestock production and marketingProviding emergency humanitarian services including food and cashSupporting governance programs, peace-building and conflict resolutionDisaster risk reduction and preparednessSocial protection

Consultancy - DEVELOPMENT OF LAKE TURKANA FISH MARKETING STRATEGY (INT1511)

Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 12:26
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: ConsultancySustainable livelihoods through Value Chain Development for Pastoral Communities in Turkana

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY ON DEVELOPMENT OF LAKE TURKANA FISH MARKETING STRATEGY

 

 

Introduction

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Background on Turkana County

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Country Finance Manager (FIN0133)

Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 10:00
Region: HECA, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedCountry Finance Manager

Oxfam International in South Sudan has an opening for a Country Finance Manager.  We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic candidate who willprovide quality financial management and financial planning in the country programensure timely financial reporting of high standard as required both internally or externallybe accountable for the implementation of defined areas of work within the finance function including people managementensure compliance to all relevant Government, Donor and Oxfam policies, procedures and guidelines

Duty Station: Juba

Start Date: asap

Type of Contract: open ended

Salary: we offer a competitive salary and benefits

Studentische/r Mitarbeiter/in für den Bereich Kampagnen

Oxfam Germany - 21 May 2015 - 9:53
Ausschreibung für:  Job Beginn:  1 August 2015 Position:  Studentische/r Mitarbeiter/in Arbeitgeber:  Oxfam Deutschland e.V. Ort:  Berlin Ihre Aufgabe: 

Im Rahmen eines befristeten, drittmittelfinanzierten Projekts soll im Verbund mit anderen internationalen Oxfam-Organisationen die Aufmerksamkeit von Politik und Öffentlichkeit in Deutschland für humanitäre Probleme im besetzten Palästinensischen Gebiet (OPT) erhöht und Lösungsansätze entwickelt werden. Schwerpunkte sind die Lobbyarbeit gegenüber Bundestag und Regierung, Kooperationen mit anderen deutschen Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NRO), deutschen politischen Stiftungen und anderen zivilgesellschaftlichen Akteuren sowie Oxfam-Partnerorganisationen aus Israel und dem OPT sowie Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. Im Rahmen eines weiteren Projekts soll die Aufmerksamkeit der Öffentlichkeit für die Flüchtlingsproblematik in den Nachbarländern zu Syrien, im Südsudan und in der Zentralafrikanischen Republik erhöht und Oxfams gemeinsam mit dem europäischen Amt für humanitäre Hilfe (ECHO) durchgeführte humanitäre Hilfe in diesen Ländern bekannter gemacht werden.

 Die Aufgaben umfassen im Einzelnen:

  • Korrespondenz, Terminkoordinierung und operative Planung
  • Organisation, inhaltliche Vorbereitung und bei Bedarf Dokumentation von Veranstaltungen (z.B. Lobbygespräche, Workshops, Podiumsdiskussionen, Pressegespräche, Journalistenreisen)
  • Organisation und Betreuung von Partnerbesuchen (aus Israel/OPT)
  • Abstimmung mit deutschen und internationalen Kooperationspartnern
  • Recherche und Aufbereitung von Hintergrundinformationen, inhaltliche Vorarbeit zu und Übersetzung (aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche) von Webtexten und sonstigen Informationstexten, Artikeln und Publikationen
  • Unterstützung von Verwaltungsaufgaben (u.a. Projektdokumentation und –abrechnung)
Ihr Profil: 
  • Studium der Politikwissenschaften (Schwerpunkt internationale Politik), Sozialwissenschaften oder vergleichbare Fachrichtungen
  • Organisationstalent und Freude an Recherche und organisatorischen Aufgaben
  • ausgeprägte soziale Kompetenz sowie Kommunikations- und Teamfähigkeit
  • selbstständige, sorgfältige und zuverlässige Arbeitsweise
  • Interesse an entwicklungspolitischen Themen
  • sehr gute Beherrschung der deutschen und englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift
  • Immatrikulation an einer deutschen Hochschule während der gesamten Vertragslaufzeit
Wir bieten: 
  • einen Einblick in die Arbeit einer internationalen Hilfs- und Entwicklungsorganisation
  • die Mitarbeit in einem hoch motivierten Team
  • eine angemessene Vergütung auf Stundenbasis (€ 11,50/Std.)
Ihre Bewerbung Einsendung bis:  14 Juni 2015 Modalitäten: 

Haben wir Ihr Interesse geweckt? Dann senden Sie Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit Anschreiben, Lebenslauf und relevanten Zeugnissen bitte per E-Mail bis zum 14. Juni 2015 an personal@oxfam.de.

Für Rückfragen steht Ihnen der Referent für Krisen und Konflikte, Herr Robert Lindner (rlindner@oxfam.de) zur Verfügung.

Die Auswahlgespräche werden voraussichtlich in der 26. Kalenderwoche stattfinden.

 

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Oxfam Great Britain - 21 May 2015 - 8:40
Region: Southern Africa, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Oxfam is a leading aid, development and campaigning charity with worldwide reputation for excellence and over 60 years of experience.  As an organisation, Oxfam is committed to gender equity and puts women’s rights at the heart of all we do.  In Zimbabwe, Oxfam currently works with partners in addressing the causes of poverty, suffering and injustice.

 

Description of the Role

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Oxfam Great Britain - 20 May 2015 - 16:56
Region: Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS), Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role 

 

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About the MECIS Region

 

The Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS) region implements and manages programmes in Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Russia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Programmes within the MECIS region reflect Oxfam’s approach to work across the globe. We support self-reliance, not dependency, and to complement our work on the ground we strive to secure lasting change through our campaigning.

We also put women at the heart...

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