Rwandans working for the world’s best known development charity, Oxfam International, will have to look elsewhere for employment.
Oxfam said it had run out of funds and has decided to close it doors in Rwanda and other 17 countries.
“I would like to place on record my deepest thanks to our staff and the brilliant work they have achieved in helping the people and communities we work with improve their lives,” said Chema Vera, Oxfam International’s Interim Executive Director.
About 1,450 out of nearly 5,000 program staff and 700 of its 1,900 partner organizations are going to be affected by this tough decision caused by the effects of #COVID-19 pandemic.
With this announcement, Oxfam says, it has cancelled fundraising events and closed its stores.
A strategic review of the organization, made up of 20 affiliate members, began in late 2018 but its effects have been greatly accelerated by the economic turmoil brought about by the pandemic.
Matt Grainger, Oxfam Spokesman, said the organisation’s staff have already taken voluntary pay cuts and seen budgets slashed during the coronavirus crisis.
Oxfam said the decision also affects country offices in Thailand, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Paraguay, Egypt, Tanzania, Sudan, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Benin, Liberia, and Mauritania.
“The organizational changes we have announced today, combined with further phases of transformation in the months ahead, will be the foundation for our future over the coming decade as the longer-term effects of this devastating pandemic become clearer,” Oxfam Director said.