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Strategic funding partnerships

Strategic funding partnerships

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is one of Oxfam's most strategically important partners, working together on policy and programmes to end poverty.

Oxfam's Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) with DFID provided valuable opportunities for collaboration and engagement, as well as financial support for Oxfam's work. Unlike restricted project funding, PPA money was provided on a unique, flexible basis. This enabled Oxfam to invest in strategic priorities, which it would not otherwise be able to fund.

At a glance

Strategic, flexible funding enables CSOs like Oxfam to operate more effectively, to develop strategically, to innovate and to apply learning, all to better tackle poverty.

Key resources

The General PPA invested into Oxfam's core international programmes work and enabled Oxfam to rigorously evaluate its humanitarian, development and campaigning work worldwide. This is captured via the organisation's Global Performance Framework.

Oxfam's General PPA was a multi-year agreement worth £9.6 million a year. The agreement came to an end in December 2016.

Conflict, Security and Justice, and Humanitarian PPA

The Conflict, Security and Justice, and Humanitarian (CHASE) PPA funded critical elements of Oxfam's humanitarian policy work on: Fragility and Conflict, including Within Without the State, piloting more accountable governance in conflict-affected and fragile contexts, and work with Control Arms to secure the Arms Trade Treaty; on Climate Change Resilience promoting people centred climate change adaptation and how to measure Resilience; and on Programme Quality, on developing a Core Humanitarian Standard and a Contribution to Change Guide to measure the effectiveness of rapid onset emergency response.

Oxfam's CSH PPA was a multi-year agreement worth £1.5 million a year and it also came an end in December 2016.

How we work

Oxfam is committed to rigour and transparency in evidencing what Oxfam does; to learning as much as possible from what works in development (and what doesn't); and, to sharing that learning with others. The timeframe and flexibility of the PPA meant that Oxfam was able to invest in organisational learning and feed results back into its programming.

Oxfam works with the other PPA holders and DFID on priority areas like resilience, institutional effectiveness and hard to measure issues. Together, we share learning and develop new thinking, approaches and methods towards a common aim to end the injustice of poverty.

Impact of Oxfam's PPA

Independent, external evaluations of the Oxfam PPAs in 2012, carried out by ITAD, Ipsos MORI and the IDL group, confirm that Oxfam's work is having a significant impact on reducing poverty and suffering at many levels.

"Oxfam's use of the PPA represents value for money..."

The reports underline that "Oxfam's use of the PPA represents value for money" and that this type of funding "has allowed the organisation to provide beneficiaries with programmes they value and partnerships that enhance partner NGOs".

DFID's mid-term evaluation of the PPA, led by Coffey International, further endorsed Oxfam's work, rating Oxfam's General PPA as 'high' across all evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, effectiveness, results.

Reports from the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) and from ITAD independently evidence the value of strategic funding partnerships to civil society.