Inequality and essential services

The widening gap between the richest and poorest is damaging economies and pushing more people into poverty. There are practical ways to close the gap.

Pupils at Reuben Baptist primary in Mukuru informal settlements, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Allan Gichigi/Oxfam

Blog: Tax justice: Are the victims of inequality at the global table?

If the war on inequality is to be won, then we must ensure that the ‘Akirus’ of this world are empowered to take up their rightful place in the fight for tax justice.

Pobreza cerca del centro de la ciudad en Paraguay. Crédito: Leonor de Blas

Blog: Contra la desigualdad extrema, una fiscalidad justa

La desigualdad extrema sigue siendo la gran enfermedad de este siglo. El 10% más rico de la población de América Latina amasa ya el 71% de la riqueza de la región. Si esta tendencia continuara, dentro de solo seis años el 1% más rico de la región tendría más riqueza que el 99% restante.

Nhut's family had to sell everything they had to pay for his lifesaving medical treatment. Photo: Xuan Truong

Blog: Why the health SDG is at risk of leaving the poorest behind

At the upcoming ECOSOC 'High level political forum on sustainable development', UN country representatives must urgently review the SDGs health indicator and change it to measure what really matters, in order to make sure people aren't pushed further into poverty due to lifesaving healthcare payments.

A man pushes his bicycle, loaded with melons, past a billboard advertisement for Oman Air's first class service in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: G.M.B Akash/Panos

Blog: América Latina y el Caribe es la región más desigual del mundo. ¿Cómo solucionarlo?

Del 20 al 23 de enero, diversos líderes mundiales se reunieron en el Foro Económico Mundial para dialogar sobre la forma de mejorar el estado actual del mundo y de afrontar los retos más urgentes. En particular acerca de la crisis mundial de desigualdad, que se ha hecho especialmente visible en los últimos años, tras la crisis económica y financiera de 2008 y 2009. 

Boys playing in Uganda. Photo: One.org

Blog: Paddling Against the Tide

How the changes in the OECD’s definition of aid continue to undermine global efforts against poverty. A statement by African civil society.

Time to end the era of tax havens now.

Blog: SwissLeaks: Why Corporate Tax Scandals Won’t Go Away

One year ago, the #SwissLeaks scandal made headlines around the globe. Putting a stop to the seemingly endless stream of corporate tax scandals is possible but it will require more fundamental reforms than are on the table at the moment; and a rebalancing of power in global tax negotiations. The creation of a new global tax body that includes all governments on an equal footing would go a long way to redressing this balance and delivering deeper reforms that are so desperately needed for the benefit of all.

Barbara Chinyeu (36), a widow in Zambia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Concours de dissertation sur la justice fiscale et les droits humains

Oxfam et Tax Justice Network lancent aujourd’hui un concours de dissertation sur la justice fiscale et les droits humains. Ce concours invite juristes et étudiants en droit du monde entier à réfléchir à la façon dont les gouvernements des pays en développement et/ou la société civile de tous les pays peuvent s’appuyer sur les lois existantes en matière de droits humains pour combattre l’injustice fiscale.

Barbara Chinyeu (36), a widow in Zambia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: La justicia fiscal es una cuestión de derechos humanos

Oxfam y la Tax Justice Network lanzan hoy un concurso de ensayo sobre justicia fiscal y derechos humanos. En el concurso se invita a participar a estudiantes y profesionales del ámbito jurídico de todo el mundo a explorar distintas vías para que Gobiernos de países en desarrollo y/o grupos de la sociedad civil de cualquier país puedan utilizar el marco jurídico existente para proteger los derechos humanos ante la injusticia fiscal.

Barbara Chinyeu (36), a widow in Zambia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Tax Justice is a Human Rights Issue

Oxfam and Tax Justice Network are today launching an essay competition on tax justice and human rights. The competition invites practitioners and students from around the world to explore ways in which governments of developing countries and/or civil society in any country can use existing laws to protect human rights in the face of tax injustice.

Kenya’s economy is the fastest growing in Africa, too few people aren’t seeing the benefit.

Blog: The movement to end tax havens is already 100,000 strong and growing

Last week Oxfam revealed that 62 people own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people on the planet. Tax havens are at the heart of fueling this insane level of inequality. That’s why we’re taking them on and that’s why I want to do all I can in 2016 to put a stop to them.

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