Review 2009

Oxfam started 2009 faced with the onset of a major economic crisis and the lingering effects of the food price rises. It created additional burdens on people living in poverty, not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in our Pacific neighbourhood.

Last year was an important milestone for our humanitarian work. Oxfam New Zealand led a major humanitarian response to the devastation caused by the tsunami that struck the south coast of Samoa. We mobilised experts and materials to ensure that affected communities had access to safe water and sanitation. Work is continuing with our partner, Women in Business Development, to help rebuild livelihoods.

Much of Oxfam’s advocacy over the past year focused on climate change. As evidence of the impact of climate change on people’s lives has mounted, we have intensified our efforts to ensure that climate change is recognised as a human problem, not just an environmental problem; it’s about human rights, poverty and the survival of the world’s most vulnerable people.

In our programme work we strengthened links with an organisation called Tulele Peisa, helping communities from the Carteret Islands with their forced relocation to Bougainville. We are helping ensure they will have access to safe water, education and health care on the mainland.

On a more tragic note, after almost twenty years of peace, tribal fighting has recently broke out in the Kup region of Papua New Guinea. Oxfam’s partner the Kup Women for Peace are helping victims of the violence and trying to persuade the government and police to intervene and stop the fighting. It is a reminder that change never happens easily or smoothly.

Despite uncertain economic times we were able to increase our income in 2009, thanks particularly to our brave Trailwalker participants and our generous monthly donors. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to Oxfam.

Oxfam's finances for the year ending June 30, 2009

Where the money comes from


Government grants for development programmes 40%
Government grants for emergencies 6%
Emergency appeals from the public 1%
Oxfam International affiliates and other NGO grants 8%
Public donations and events 43%
Interest and trading 2%


Where the money goes


Development programme 53%
Emergency response 7%
Programme management 6%
Advocacy and development education 8%
Communications 3%
Essential administration 4%
Raising further funds 19%


The overall programme expenditure is 74% and includes the following areas:

Development programme (53%) is our long term work directly with communities in poverty overseas, such as providing safe water in Bougainville or support for impoverished farmers in East Timor.

Emergency response (7%) is our overseas humanitarian relief work, which during 2009 included essential help for people affected by the tsunami in Samoa.

Programme management (6%) is essential work undertaken by our staff to ensure our programmes are well set up and monitored, and are delivering the best possible results for people in need.

Advocacy and development education (8%) is work done both in New Zealand and overseas to tackle the underlying causes of extreme poverty; we focus on changing the policies and practices that keep people in poverty such as the need for action on climate change.

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A full financial report is available upon request