Accountability and Safeguarding

Joseph and Victoria Wadribo show their family vision. Photo credit: Oxfam

We are committed to being open about our work and to being accountable to the communities we work with, as well as to our partners, staff, donors and supporters. We believe our legitimacy to ask for and expect accountability from others comes from being accountable and transparent ourselves.

We have feedback mechanisms by which we receive and give feedback to the communities we work with, our partners, and the public in general. Our annual reports (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17) are one of the key accountability mechanisms by which we report progress of our programme, including financials which are available in public domain

All of our work is regularly audited, internally and externally by experienced agencies/firms, including the work we do together with partners.

Budget

Oxfam in Uganda’s average annual budget for the last four years (2013 – 2016) has been approximately €7.3 million. Up to 19% is spent on management, staff, and support costs, and 81% is spent on programme implementation, 57% of which is grant to our local partners.

Funders

Some of the key current and past donors to Oxfam in Uganda are Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Comic Relief, SIDA, UNHCR, UNICEF, IKEA Foundation, Start Fund, IFAD, Irish Aid, the States of Jersey, NPL Dutch Postcode Lottery, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Ruach Fund, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), The Government of Canada, Other Oxfam Affiliates and individual financial supporters of Oxfam.

Oxfam in Uganda accountability commitments

• We are transparent to ensure that the people affected by our programmes have access to all the relevant information to hold us to account.

• We provide opportunities for communities and other stakeholders to give us feedback in appropriate and accessible channels. We enable people to participate in decision-making processes and in the implementation of all aspects of our work.

• We ensure that our programmes are monitored and evaluated by the people who are directly affected by them, in order to facilitate learning on what is—and is not—working.

Oxfam in Uganda is registered under the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Act, under the legal name Oxfam Novib. Our operations conform to the conditions and directions stipulated in our registration permit.

Safeguarding policies ans procedures at Oxfam

At Oxfam, we are committed to zero tolerance of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in our organization. This means that we will do everything in our power to prevent these from happening, and rigorously address it each and every time it happens.

To access our  Code of Conduct, safeguarding policies and procedures, and confidential whistleblowing lines visit Oxfam's International website.