En 2010, las exportaciones africanas de petróleo, gas y minerales ascendieron a un total de 333.000 millones de dólares de  Foto: Rebecca Blackwell/Oxfam

Blog: África debe ser dueña de su destino

Impulsados por el descubrimiento de nuevos yacimientos de petróleo, gas natural o de reservas estratégicas de minerales, son varios los países africanos que se encuentran entre las economías que más rápido crecen del mundo. La pobreza extrema disminuye en todo el continente y los progresos hacia la consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio se han acelerado. Recientemente, varios países africanos muy pobres, entre ellos Malawi, Sierra Leona y Etiopía, han mejorado de forma sustancial sus niveles de igualdad en los ingresos. 

The Post-2015 agenda: Keeping an eye on the have-mores

Blog: The Post-2015 agenda: Keeping an eye on the have-mores

On why the post-2015 agenda should include a goal to limit the negative characteristics of inequality. On how indicators of income concentration are better suited for this. One proposal that could be used is the Palma index despite some technical shortcomings.

The world of development wonks is abuzz with discussion about what to include in the post-2015 MDG framework. One of the areas that has gotten plenty of attention is the issue of inequality (although it didn’t feature prominently in the summary report of a recent meeting in Bali, but that’s another story).

Parwan-e-duo slum, Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Jason P. Howe/Oxfam

Blog: Inequality: a political problem requiring a political solution

This blog was co-written by Nicole Metz, Oxfam Novib policy advisor on the Post-2015 Agenda, and Tom van der Lee, a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam Novib.

Inequality is not just unethical, it is also economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive, and environmentally destructive.

Soy fields in Paraguay. Photo:

Blog: Paraguay’s destructive soy boom

Fernando Lugo is the latest victim of Paraguay’s “soy war.” Elected president in 2008 as a “champion of the poor,” Lugo was impeached late last month, plunging this poorest of South American countries into uncertainty.

G20 failed to recognize the role of small-scale farmers in the global economy.

Blog: G20 wraps up, but leaves those in poverty behind

How could world leaders simply ignore the nearly one billion people living in poverty? That’s the question that many international aid agencies are asking as this year’s G20 Summit comes to a close. The self-designated forum for global economic issues, they seem to have forgotten the "global" part. While Mexican President Felipe Calderon set out an ambitious agenda for the summit including food security, sustainable development and climate change, most of the discussion was focused around the Euro crisis.

Blog: Les laissés-pour-compte du G20 : l'heure est venue de combattre les inégalités

Dans les années 1990 et au début des années 2000, à une époque où le secteur des services financiers promettait d'inimaginables richesses pour tous, seules quelques voix jugées marginales abordaient le sujet de l'inégalité. Depuis l'éclatement de la crise du crédit et l'instauration de l'austérité dans les pays occidentaux, l'inégalité a retrouvé sa place au cœur du débat public.

Blog: Left behind by the G20: It’s time to tackle inequality

For a time in the nineties and early naughties, as financial services promised untold riches for all, discussing inequality was seen as the preserve of people at the fringe of debate. Since the onset of the credit crunch and austerity in Western countries, inequality is firmly back at the center of the public discourse.


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