Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN 2211-3711
  • E-ISSN: 2211-372X
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This article describes the trajectory of Oxfam GB as an international organisation, its structure, the way it operates and the linguistic issues that led to the creation of a professional translation service. It explores the ongoing challenges and the kind of support translation researchers could provide to help resolve them, with the goal of developing better professionals in the broader development sector.


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