Wednesday 21 February 2018

Aid agencies Oxfam and Goal to discuss merger

Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Leading aid agencies Goal and Oxfam are considering a merger into one organisation rooted in Ireland.

The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that Goal auditors Deloitte said there was "material uncertainty" over its future, due to a dependence on donors for funds.

The charities confirmed that they were entering formal talks on the merger. If successful, it will see the organisations coming together under the name Oxfam Goal.

"Goal and Oxfam Ireland believe a successful merger would result in greater impact for people in poverty and crisis and increase effectiveness. Coming together will increase the scale and scope of the organisations' humanitarian and development programmes around the world and strengthen their voice as advocates for the communities they support," said a statement. The charities will now begin a "robust" due diligence exercise as they consider the possibility of a merger.

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald said: "A merger with Oxfam would create a strong organisation in Ireland with a true global reach, saving and changing the lives of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people on our planet for the better."

Ms Fitzgerald recently said the agency had a battle to regain confidence of donors after its Syrian aid programme became embroiled in an investigation into allegedly fraudulent procurement practices.

Irish Independent

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