Oxfam announces new Chief Executive

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah will be the new Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, the international agency announced today. Sriskandarajah is currently Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based global alliance of civil society organisations and activists with members in more than 180 countries. He joined CIVICUS in 2013 and was previously Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society (2009-13). Between 2011-12 he was seconded to be Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation.  Sriskandarajah said: “I am excited by the opportunity of leading Oxfam at this crucial point in its history. It…

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Never judge a book by its cover – a rare Piranesi raises thousands for Oxfam

A rare book of etchings by the Italian artist, Piranesi raised £30,000 for Oxfam when it was sold at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers in Cambridge. The volume was part of a larger anonymous donation to the Oxfam shop in Olney, Buckinghamshire. Despite missing its front cover and being in a poor state, the book attracted the shop volunteers’ attention.  The book turned out to be one of a rare folio of 52 etchings of views of the city of Rome, by Italian 18thcentury artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Tim Street, who…

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Oxfam saves over 7000 tonnes of clothing from landfill every year

Oxfam estimates that it is saving 7200 tonnes of clothing from going into landfill every year thanks to its Wastesaver processing plant. Oxfam is one of the only charities to operate its own textile sorting facility. Donations of clothing that remain unsold in Oxfam’s shops are sent for processing at the Wastesaver facility in Batley, West Yorkshire to maximise revenue and minimise landfill. Oxfam is urging people to donate goods to their local Oxfam shop as a sustainable way of dealing with unwanted possessions. None of the textiles that arrive…

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Oxfam’s response to The International Development Select Committee’s report ‘Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector’

Responding to The International Development Select Committee’s report Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, Caroline Thomson, Oxfam Chair of Trustees, said: “Today’s report makes for incredibly painful reading for me, for everyone at Oxfam and for the aid sector as a whole. Oxfam exists to help improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people; we know we failed to protect vulnerable women in Haiti, and we accept we should have reported more clearly at the time – for that we are truly sorry. We have made improvements…

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UK supermarkets squeezing millions of the poorest farmers and workers in their supply chains

Millions of people who produce the food for supermarkets are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, with many going hungry, according to a new report on global supermarket supply chains, published by Oxfam. Ripe for Change highlights how supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Aldi and Lidl, are increasingly squeezing the price they pay their suppliers with less and less of the price paid at the till reaching the small-scale farmers and workers who produce the food. This, coupled with the weakening influence of small-scale farmers and workers,…

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