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A man hand mills rice, in Philippines. Photo: Tessa Bunney

Blog: Falling out of love with the Committee on World Food Security

Today CFS member states adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. They are a long way from being the gold standard we were looking for.

Bidonville de Mukuru, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo : Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam

Blog: The opportunity of a generation: Ending extreme inequality

It could be the opportunity of a generation.

The world can be proud of the progress made towards ending poverty - as I see for myself when I visit the toughest places, the cynics have been proven wrong by successful efforts to combat disease, to increase access to drinking water sources, and to get girls into school. But, as Oxfam witnesses in work on the ground, and as the expert number-crunchers attest, the completion of this progress is now jeopardized by extreme inequality. 

Photo: ©Al Bawsala

Blog: Au cœur d’un moment historique : le vote en direct de la nouvelle Constitution tunisienne

Les premières élections démocratiques et transparentes en Tunisie du 23 octobre 2011 ont institué l’Assemblée nationale constituante (ANC) chargée de rédiger la nouvelle Constitution en une année. Après quatre brouillons et deux longues années de commissions et de tensions, l’ANC finira par voter la nouvelle loi fondamentale tunisienne en janvier 2014.

Credit: ©Al Bawsala

Blog: At the heart of an historic moment: the new Tunisian Constitution is ratified

In January 2014, following four drafts and two years of commissions and tension, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) of Tunisia ratified its new Constitution. The NCA was instituted by Tunisia’s first open and democratic elections which took place on October 23, 2011. It was charged with drafting the new Constitution within a year.

The Geneva II peace process for Syria - reflections from the shore of Lake Geneva

Blog: The Geneva II peace process for Syria - reflections from the shore of Lake Geneva

Nestling between picturesque snow-capped mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Geneva lies the Swiss town of Montreux, which hosted the opening day of the Syria peace talks just a few short weeks ago.

Private sector investment is critical to end extreme poverty

Blog: Private sector investment is critical to end extreme poverty

Six months ago, the World Bank Group established our two goals: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Meeting these goals has become the central purpose of our institution. The goals are ambitious, but we can achieve them -- if we engage all partners.

Irene Banda, leading the Oxfam International Youth contingent during the WSF 2013 march in Tunis.

Blog: World Social Forum 2013: Marching with the spirits of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Bouazizi

On 26 March we descended on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the epicentre of Tunisia's Jasmine revolution. We came from all the four corners of the square “Place du 14 Janvier 2011”, John Hilary, Sidua Hor and I travelled across the city to

World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis

Blog: 12th World Social Forum takes place in Tunis on the theme of dignity

From 26th to 30th March, international civil society is meeting in Tunis for the 12th World Social Forum.

Two years since the Tunisian revolution, several Oxfam affiliates and our partners have mobilized for this WSF 2013 based on the theme of "dignity". On the program are exchanges of experience, democratic debate and agreement on the assertion that "another world is possible."

Child running through a rice paddy

Blog: Day 10: Should agriculture as we know it have a future?

The consumer is king in agriculture. Until aware consumers change their behaviour, the smallholder farmer will get good words, symbolic gestures, and little else. Consumers need to meet producers halfway by paying a fair price and sharing the risk.

By Sonali Bisht, founder of INHERE (India)

Photo of Agnes Yawe outside the African Union buildings

Blog: Getting to know the African Union – an insight from Addis Ababa

Oxfam runs a “Pan African Professional in Residence” program, which seconds young members of African civil society organizations to help them better engage with the African Union (AU), its decision makers and policy-making processes. Agnes Yawe, a Campaigns, Advocacy and Lobbying Officer for PELUM, recently finished a three-month stint in the program in Addis Ababa – the home of the AU – and reflects on her experience:

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