Oxfam to Close Operations in 18 Countries Including Afghanistan as COVID-19 Drains Finances

Aid agency Oxfam International is to severely Curtail its Work because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Its plans include the closure of operations in 18 countries including Afghanistan at the potential cost of 1,450 jobs.

The organisation, which currently operates in 66 countries and whose global work is coordinated via 20 affiliate offices around the world, said in a statement that it has had to accelerate changes as a result of the pandemic.

Countries it will be exiting include Afghanistan, Egypt, Rwanda, Sudan and Tanzania. It said the changes will affect around 1,450 out of nearly 5,000 programme staff.

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