Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Stichting Oxfam Novib
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 0 and 20%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
NGO, Network/Association/Platform
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Ms. Tamara Campero
Mauritskade 9,
2514 HD
The Hague
+31 (70) 34 21 87 9
+31 (70) 3614461
Organisation summary

A just world, without poverty. That is our mission. We believe that people can build independent livelihoods, provided their rights are respected. That is why we help people around the world to stand up for their rights.

1. Right to sustainable livelihood resources
Everybody must be sure of a fair income and enough to eat. That is why we are working on better access to land and water, and on fair working and trading conditions.

2. Right to basic social services
Education and health care are essential for building better societies. Yet even as we make progress towards universal primary education, around the world, there are still 130 million kids in school who fail to learn basic reading, writing and maths. Oxfam together with partner organizations invest in quality basic social services.

3. Right to life and security
Natural disasters, climate change and armed conflicts hit millions of people every year. We support them with relief aid and reconstruction. And we prepare people to prevent or mitigate the effects of disasters and conflicts.

4. Right to social and political participation
Knowledge is power. We believe that when people can participate in public decisions that affect them, they can build independent livelihoods and thriving communities.Together with partners we give people access to information and a voice.

5. Right to an identity
Gender inequality is both a violation of human rights and an obstacle to sustainable development. In a just world there is no place for the discrimination of women and minorities.

Type of intervention: 
  • Loans
  • Guarantees
  • Subsidies / donations in money
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
Countries of intervention: 
North America
South America
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Interest rates and rate caps, Client protection, Supporting networks and associations
  • Intermediate level: Value chain development, Social impact/performance, Urban finance, Gender, Ultra poor programs
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), Ratings and external audits, Graduation of MFIs, Risk management, Management information systems, MFI operations (e.g. general management, governance, finance and accounting, staff training recruiting)
  • Other themes: Impact and performances studies, Sector mapping, Evaluation
Main competences: 

Oxfam Novib has outsourced the management of its portfolio to Triple Jump and we are in constant contact on these matters.

Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 
  1. there will be more emphasis on developing links between agricultural development and value chain development and financial services.
  2. continued support for saving groups in different countries, in collaboration with Oxfam America, integrating saving groups in other themes of development, like agroforestry, DDR, post-conflict, etc.
  3. microfinance and SME finance in favour of youth and employment

Development of impact and outcome measurement of microfinance and SME-finance

Oxfam Novib supports the development of starting and expanding MFIs through a fund with a total investment of €51.5 million, invested in 35 countries and 58 MFIs. of these MFIs, 44% is tier 3, 10% is tier 1 and 46% is tier 2. 52% is invested in MFIs involved in rural and agricultural finance and 50% is invested in SSA. the fund is managed by Triple Jump.

Oxfam Novib works with TJAS on capacity building and institutional strengthening of MFIs. we have a department focused on impact measurement of which one of the specializations is impact measurement of microfinance at client level.

Microfinance is inserted in differet rural and agricultural development projects executed by Oxfam Novib and other affiliates of Oxfam. Countries/regions: Nigeria, DRC, Vietnam, SE Asia