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After a day's work, garment factory workers in Cambodia ride home on a romork. Photo: Chhor Sokunthea/World Bank

Blog: The private sector and poverty: harnessing firepower, recognizing limits

By Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, and Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America

Dépenses consacrées aux OMD, Government Spending Watch (GSW)

Blog: Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement : les gouvernements dépensent-ils comme promis ?

Dans le domaine du développement, l'argent résout de nombreux problèmes. Si l'on souhaite savoir dans quelle mesure des progrès ont été réalisés pour atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD) ou dans quelle direction il faudrait s'orienter pour le programme de l'après-2015, il convient en premier lieu de disposer de donées fiables, avant de pouvoir avancer.

MDG spending, Government Spending Watch (GSW)

Blog: Are governments meeting their MDG spending targets?

In the world of development, money answers many questions. If we’re interested in finding out how far we have come in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or in what direction we should go for a post-2015 agenda, having the right numbers in place is paramount to moving forward. This is what makes Government Spending Watch (GSW) so exciting.

Women from the AWID forum march in Taksim Square. Photo: Oxfam/Jameen Kaur

Blog: Globalisation of Resistance: Taking to the Streets - ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ ('Women, Life, Freedom')

Jameen wraps up our 2012 AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development coverage with this inspiring entry!

The word "courage" comes from the Latin word ‘cuer’ meaning heart. Courage translates to possessing the confidence "to lay bare your vulnerability and speak from the heart."

Journalist Hurriyet - Turkey's leading national newspaper interviewing Ester and Mandiwe. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Belief is everything: ‘I have always believed I could be a leader.’

"Before I entered the Female Food Hero competition I had never been outside Tanzania, however I have always believed I could be a leader. I believe I have leadership qualities," explains Mandiwe in an interview conducted by a journalist writing for the Hurriyet newspaper, one of Turkey’s leading national newspapers.

Mali's people forum. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: You don’t need a computer to blog in Mali – a chalkboard will do

Oxfam supports health and education campaigns in eight Southern countries, including Mali. Oxfam in Mali recently supported the People’s Forum, a counter-summit to the G8 organized by CAD-Mali. One activity was to encourage ‘chalkboard blogging’ to gather participant reflections on the People’s Forum and get reactions to events at the G8. Who needs a computer?

Rokeya with children. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: A voice for Quality Education for All

W8 member from Bangladesh and Convener of the Bangladeshi coalition Amar Odhikar (My Rights Campaign). Amar Odhikar is a broad based campaign which works for ensuring essential services for all in Bangladesh.

Blog: My disappointment with 'Dead Aid' as an African

In her much publicised book 'Dead Aid', Dambisa Moyo has argued forcefully that foreign aid is wasted and does more harm then good. Chikondi Mpokosa, Global Education Advisor for Oxfam responds.  

Oxfam is working with partner the Malawi Health Equity Network to ensure the government funds healthcare systems in Malawi. Thyolo community event, where nearly 3,000 people attended. Three aspiring MPs signed our pledge. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: What do the President of Malawi, 65 aspiring Malawian MPs and two Big Brother contestants have in common?

Malawi has its fourth democratic elections today (19th of May) and election fever is in full swing. They may not be as high profile as recent elections in the South Africa and India (not to mention the United States) but they have the potential to increase access to medicines in the country and help stop these ‘stock-outs.’ 

Blog: What people want – setting the agenda for the Indian elections

Sandhya Venkateswaran is a member of the W8 and works for the Indian coalition ‘Wada Na Todo Adhiyan/ Don’t Break Your Promises.' It has over 3,000 members and aims to monitor the progress of the Indian government towards meeting its commitments to reduce poverty.


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