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Oxfam Novib was founded under the name Novib in 1956. Novib is an abbreviation that stands for "Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Internationale Bijstand" (Dutch organization for international aid) which was later changed to "Nederlandse Organisatie voor Internationale Ontwikkelingssamenwerking" (Dutch organization for international development cooperation) due to a change in approach of development work.
In 1994, then called, Novib became an affiliate of Oxfam and for this reason the organization changed its name as of March 18th 2006 to Oxfam Novib.
Mid 2008 the organisation changed its voluntary policy towards a network based approach. They set up a so-called participation network or tribe named Doeners.net. Aim was to create a campaigning movement for a just world without poverty.
Oxfam Novib's current National Director is Farah Karimi.
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