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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 provides valuable opportunities for collaboration and engagement, as well as financial support for Oxfam's work. Unlike restricted project funding, PPA money is provided on a unique, flexible basis. This enables 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.


The General PPA is invested into Oxfam's core international programmes work and enables Oxfam to rigorously evaluate its humanitarian, climate change, livelihoods, women's empowerment, citizen voice and campaigning work worldwide. This is captured via the organisation's Global Performance Framework.

Oxfam's General PPA is a three year agreement worth £9.6 million a year, ending in March 2014.  It is due to be extended for a further two years.

The Conflict, Security and Justice, and Humanitarian (CSH) PPA funds critical elements of Oxfam's humanitarian policy work, like the Arms Trade Treaty, climate change resilience, and fragility and conflict work.

Oxfam's CSH PPA is a three year agreement worth £1.5 million a year, ending in March 2014.  It is due to be extended for a further two years.



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 means that Oxfam is able to invest in organisational learning and feed results back into its programming.

Through the PPA Learning Partnership, 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.