A cause for our times
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CTA. 1993. A cause for our times. Spore 46. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A cause for our times: Oxfam the first 50 years by Maggie Black 1992 325pp ISBN 0 19 215962 3 Pbk price UKL9.99 Oxford University Press Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6DP UK
In October 1942, a small group of people met one evening, in the Old Library of the Church of St. Mary-the-Virgin in Oxford. The misery and suffering inflicted on innocent civilians in the path of Hitler's armies of occupation was what prompted their concern. Although no dramatic decisions were made on that particular evening, the participants decided to call themselves the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief; a name which in its abbreviated form, Oxfam was to become known throughout the world. From its initial mission to help starving civilians in Greece during the height of the Second World War to its more recent higher profile humanitarian missions, Oxfam has, during that intervening period, been responsible for bringing hope and help to millions of people throughout the world. A cause for our times: Oxfam the first 50 years chronicles the inception and subsequent changes and progressions that Oxfam has charted through the intervening 50 years from small local,wartime charity into Britain's largest overseas aid agency. The author, who worked for Oxfam for four years twenty-one years ago, gives a wideranging, sometimes critical, account of Oxfam's first 50 years during this period of rapid social and international change. A cause for our times: Oxfam the first 50 years by Maggie Black 1992 325pp ISBN 0 19 215962 3 Pbk price UKL9.99 Oxford University Press Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6DP UK