Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Impact aim in restructure

Impact aim in restructure

Impact aim in restructure

110705_ngo05c

THERE are hundreds of NGOs, local and international, in Cambodia, but while they all aim in their own way to make a difference to the progress, prosperity and social structure of this developing nation, many, especially the smaller ones, appear unco-ordinated and poorly structured, duplicating one another’s efforts, resources and personnel.

Although small and mid-size NGOs are the ones that should be focusing on improving their efficiency, the way is being shown by Oxfam, one of the world’s leading NGOs.

Despite its size, organisation, money availability and reach in 99 countries, Oxfam is restructuring to gain the maximum impact and effectiveness from its work and programmes in Cambodia. “Along with the other Oxfam affiliates in the country, we are seeking to increase the positive impact of our work here and be more effective as an organisation,” Oxfam Great Britain executive director Dame Barbara Stocking said during her recent visit to Cambodia.

“One way to do that is for all Oxfam affiliates in the country to come together under a single management structure in order to increase the quality and magnitude of our impact, be more cost-effective, and be able to speak with one voice.

“It means that we will all be moving to a common Oxfam office and there will be a single country director, who will represent Oxfam in Cambodia and who will oversee the implementation of the agreed country strategy and programme of Oxfam.

“There will be a smaller number of affiliates in the country, and all of them will  deliver a coherent set of objectives through more joint projects.

“The managers of the Oxfam affiliates in Cambodia have been working on a joint country analysis and strategy as it seeks to scale up the impact of Oxfam’s programme work in Cambodia through more efficient use and sharing of financial and human resources and building a stronger identity as Oxfam, while maintaining the level of resources they have invested in its programme in this country.” In Cambodia, Oxfam aims to reduce its presence to four affiliates, led by Oxfam Netherlands, and will continue to  build on partnerships with government and local organisations.

Currently there are eight Oxfam affiliates: Oxfam America, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Quebec and Oxfam Italy. Together, this group is working with about 50 partner organisations.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman