Oxfam in Sri Lanka is registered under the name Oxfam Australia, with the National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organizations of the Government of Sri Lanka. Oxfam Australia is the managing affiliate responsible for the systems and services required for our operations.
In 2015-16, our operational budget was US $3,706,757. Oxfam Australia, Oxfam Novib, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany support our programmes in Sri Lanka. 25% of this amount is unrestricted funding.
The main donors in Sri Lanka include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), German Government, Canadian Government, Gates Foundation and Bolzana District in Italy. In 2016-17, Oxfam in Sri Lanka will spend 80% of the budget on program management costs, and 20% will be granted to partner organizations.
Oxfam’s financial year runs from 1 April – 31 March.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) framework
Oxfam will use a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) framework that leads to more innovative programming.
The framework will outline who we are accountable to, what commitments we are accountable for, and how we will facilitate others to hold us to account. It will clearly document how various programme elements contribute to the overall achievement of the Country Strategy.
The following principles will guide the MEAL framework:
- Accountability and transparency.
- Participative and enabling approaches to engage the poorest and most vulnerable groups.
- Use of monitoring and evaluation tools that fit the specific needs of a programme.
- Conflict and gender sensitivity.
- MEAL designed to generate innovation, improve efficiency, effectiveness, and relevance of programmes.
- Systematic monitoring of the external environment and changes therein, to ensure programs respond accordingly.
- Learning agendas developed for each programmatic area in partnership with sector actors and communities.
- Learning loops with local and international networks to identify innovations, best practices, and new methodologies.
- Monitoring of thematic programming for impact across sectors and alignment with the Country Strategy.
An Oxfam International Programme Standards Self-Assessment will be conducted to guide and inform the development of benchmarks for programme quality across programming in Sri Lanka. We will align our work in Sri Lanka with Oxfam’s international directives including Common Approach to MEL and Social Accountability (CAMSA), Worldwide Influencing Network (WIN) and international benchmarks such as the Core Humanitarian Standards.