A new shared approach to resilience in Asia

Oxfam Methodology

Development and humanitarian programmes are increasingly being understood holistically as different elements for building resilience. In response to this Oxfam in Asia has produced a new companion with practical advice for anyone working to increase the resilience of people living in poverty, as Janice Ian Manlutac, Asia Resilience Change lead explains. The year 2015 closed with three global development frameworks that …

Supplier treatment: why Tesco and other supermarkets should integrate business and ethics

Rachel Wilshaw Private sector

The actions that large companies take to source their products have direct implications for workers in their supply chains. In the wake of a critical report about Tesco’s treatment of its suppliers, Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam’s Ethical Trade Manager, explains why more needs to be done to protect suppliers and the rights of their workers. Twelve years ago I was at …

For richer or poorer: from Brazil to Indonesia

Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez Governance, Inequality

In the emerging economies the fruits of growth are too often not being shared with the majority of the population. Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez, National Influencing Adviser for Latin America, reveals a growing trend of wealth and power being captured by the elite. It is scandalous that in 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people. A …

Good morning Sindhulpalchok! Connecting Nepal’s disaster affected communities with radio

Oxfam Disasters, Humanitarian

Following the two devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015, Oxfam quickly responded, ensuring safe and equal access to water and sanitation facilities, and provision of basic needs such as food, cash and hygiene materials. However, it soon became apparent that there was more we could do to help connect communities with information as Simone Carter, Oxfam …

Displacement in eastern DRC: a never ending story

Oxfam Conflict, Emergencies, Humanitarian

The number of refugees around the world is increasingly making headlines, but what of the plight of the 38 million displaced people who have fled to another part of their own country? Jose Barahona, Oxfam’s Country Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), describes the suffering of displaced communities Oxfam works with in eastern DRC where conflict has been …

Women, peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa

Julie Diallo Gender, Inequality

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face many difficulties and inequalities in their daily lives, and conflict in the region only exacerbates the situation. Julie Diallo and Sariah Ghazzaoui introduce the first in a series of new webinars on gender justice hosted by Oxfam’s Regional Gender Justice Programme, exploring peace and security for women. “(…) now, people …

What is a human worth? Bold commitments from business needed

james Economics, Inequality, Private sector

Business has a key role to play in tackling inequality, but the evidence suggests this isn’t happening. Erinch Sahan, Global Adviser on Business and Markets, proposes corporate targets that would ensure workers get a fairer proportion of profits. Extreme inequality is rising and business is key to tackling it. We need companies that are geared to channel much more of …

Our stats struck a nerve, now let’s hit back against inequality

Deborah Hardoon Inequality

Oxfam’s latest inequality report and stats have prompted some lively debate in the run up to the World Economic Forum. Here Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, explains how we came up with the stats and why we’re confident about our findings. Oxfam made headlines this week with our stats on wealth inequality, particularly the finding that the 62 richest …

Fortunes for the fortunate – all 62 of them

Deborah Hardoon Inequality, Tax

The gap between the richest and the poorest in the world is growing at an alarming rate. In the run up to the World Economic Forum Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces Oxfam’s latest inequality data and shares her personal reflections from two years of work on these shocking statistics. wo years ago, Oxfam made headlines when we crunched …

Fortunes for the fortunate: all 62 of them

Deborah Hardoon Economics, Inequality

The gap between the richest and the poorest in the world is growing at an alarming rate. In the run up to the World Economic Forum Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces Oxfam’s latest inequality data and shares her personal reflections from two years of work on these shocking statistics. Two years ago, Oxfam made headlines when we crunched …