By Rick James (INTRAC)
Exit will be a core strategy of international NGOs for years to come. The recent announcement from Oxfam that they are leaving 18 countries and exiting from 700 partners is a bitter taste of the post-Brexit, post-COVID-19, post-DFID future for those of us based in the UK. Because of the UK’s large footprint in development, these issues will have a much wider effect.
As incomes fall, most international NGOs will break off funding partnerships with some local CSOs. It is not whether they will exit, but how they choose to do it.