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NGOs are doing a lot--Oxfam.

I write to clarify that Oxfam is not a member of the government-appointed committee to oversee Nigeria's debt relief as stated in your report ("What are the NGOs doing?" NA, Aug). However, we do strongly support the involvement of civil society in this vital exercise. Across Africa we have funded local organisations which are doing just that.

In Uganda, for example, Oxfam supports the Uganda Debt Network which has tracked millions of dollars of debt relief money, making sure it is spent on the schools and hospitals promised, the essential building blocks in tackling poverty.

In Nigeria, Oxfam has played an active role in the campaign for debt cancellation, including hosting a workshop on the subject at the Nigerian Social Forum. We will continue to work hand in hand with civil society groups to make sure the voices of the poorest people are heard.

Cecil Nartey

Country Programme Manager

Oxfam Nigeria, Abuja
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Nartey, Cecil
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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