Overseas Alms Dealers Target New Zealand Market
Just when you thought there were too many agencies competing for the overseas aid dollar in New Zealand, two more have set up office in Auckland. Both are branches of multi-national networks and appear to have sufficient foreign finance to elbow their way onto the scene in the relatively small New Zealand market. Christian Children’s Fund projects an emotive image based on conservative Christianity that is virtually indistinguishable from World Vision: problem, starving children; solution, child sponsorship. The other new arrival, Oxfam New Zealand, claims to be a progressive agency that addresses the real causes of poverty. This article examines why Oxfam is here and argues that it represents a step backwards in the work for international justice and development.