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Villagers near Ka Chok, Cambodia are concerned about a mining concession granted to a Vietnamese company. Local farmers were not consulted about the concession and worry that they lose access to farm lands. Credit: Patrick Brown/Oxfam

For oil, gas, and mining companies, gaining access to land and water can make or break a project. For many communities their land is their lifeline, and this can be lost when they don’t have a say and their rights are ignored. Today, Oxfam launched a new report reviewing the public policy commitments of 38 oil, gas, and mining companies around issues of community engagement and rights, with a particular focus on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).

A pupil writing on the blackboard at the Pamaronkoh Community Primary School, Calaba Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

The upcoming Third Financing for Development conference (aka #FfD3) in Addis Ababa will have a marked effect on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit in New York in September, and ultimately on December’s climate change deal that must be agreed in Paris. It’s a domino effect that will determine how development and climate action is funded for the next fifteen years.

Beatrice Quayee holds rice ready for transplanting, River Gee county, Liberia. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Africa is losing billions of dollars through tax dodging. This week's World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 must squarely address tax avoidance tricks and other illicit financial flows, tax incentives, and debt repayments. Unless African leaders tackle such issues, it is the rich world that will continue to gain the most from Africa’s progress.http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-africa-2015

Robin Hood campaigners outside the German Finance Ministry handing in the Million Strong petition. Credit: DGB/Steinle, 7 May 2015

From Rome to Berlin, Robin Hood Tax campaigners are coming together this week to present a ‘Million Strong’ petition to European leaders. Since the campaign launched, supporters in Europe have taken over a million actions in support of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), making it one of the most popular taxes in history.

Women signing the Haq Banta Hai petition in Delhi. Credit: Oxfam India

Thanks to India's historic Right to Education Act in 2009, today 199 million children are in school and studying. However, 6 million children between 6 and 13 years are still out of school. To make education a reality of every child in India, Oxfam India and its partners are calling on civil society groups and individuals to join the 'Haq Banta Hai' campaign. Nearly 200,000 people have taken action - will you?

Oxfam is calling for a World Tax Summit in 2015.

The time has come for developing countries to be on an equal footing when it comes to negotiations about global tax rules. The Independent Commission on tax reform will meet for the first time next week in New York. Oxfam hopes they will reach a more global and independent opinion on how to forge a fairer tax system for the future.

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