inequality

Overcoming inequality and climate change is key to ending poverty and suffering

Blog: Overcoming inequality and climate change is key to ending poverty and suffering

Two major injustices – inequality and climate change – are threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger. By concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few, inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives. And as climate change devastates crops and livelihoods, it undoes poor people’s efforts to feed their families.

Africa Rising: Time for a fairer deal for all

Blog: Africa Rising: Time for a fairer deal for all

I have joined global decision makers in Maputo this week for the IMF and Mozambiquan government’s joint “Africa Rising” conference, to take stock of Africa’s economic performance, resilience and challenges.

Much of Africa’s impressive economic growth over the last decade has been driven by new discoveries of oil, natural gas and mineral reserves. The continent has six of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world. This growth is worth celebrating.

The World Economic Forum hits Latin America, the most unequal region in the world

Blog: The World Economic Forum hits Latin America, the most unequal region in the world

This year the World Economic Forum (or WEF) for the Latin America region was held in Panama. A country where growth levels, which are among the 20 highest in the world, have gone hand in hand with an increase in inequality over the last 4 years – running counter to the rest of the region that has seen inequality decrease.

3 reasons to read about 1 easy solution to extreme inequality: Free public services

Blog: 3 reasons to read about 1 easy solution to extreme inequality: Free public services

Today we are launching a new report, ‘Working for the Many: Public Services Fight Inequality.’ This is the next in Oxfam’s series of reports looking at the scandalous gap between rich and poor that is undermining poverty reduction, and putting the power increasingly in the hands of elites the world over.

Tax inequality at the heart of European public discontent

Blog: Tax inequality at the heart of European public discontent

It is a shocking indictment of the system that the 85 richest people on the planet own as much money as the world’s bottom half, and in Europe the top 10 richest people have a combined wealth of €217bn – reveals Natalia Alonso.

Toward an international movement to tackle inequality

Blog: Toward an international movement to tackle inequality

International agreement on the need to take action against rising and damaging economic inequality is gathering pace.

3 ways tax justice can help close the inequality gap

Blog: 3 ways tax justice can help close the inequality gap

It was US President Benjamin Franklin who said, in 1789, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Oh how times have changed – at least for a minority. While in the past 200 years, the economic elite have not yet found a way to cheat death, they have been masterful at dodging paying their fair dues in tax.

Working for the Few: Inequality and the threat to democracy

Blog: Working for the Few: Inequality and the threat to democracy

Emerging from the financial crisis, the global economy is strengthening. Yet around the world most people are still being excluded from opportunities to better themselves and achieve prosperity. Increasingly the biggest benefits of growth are being captured instead by a tiny elite. We live in a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world’s population.

Marie Soudnie in front of a whiteboard

Blog: Women's participation in politics in Haiti: many reasons for the struggle

“Why… Why fight such a painful battle if at the end of the day I can bring no real change to the lives of my fellow citizens?”

The slums of Mathare, Nairobi, 26 May 2010. Photo: Andy Hall

Blog: All I want for 2014 is a challenge to extreme inequality

Ben Phillips, Director of Campaigns and Policy at OxfamGB wants to challenge inequality and start making those with the broadest shoulders carry the heaviest burdens.

What I’d like to see improved in 2014 is the balance between those at the very top and the rest of us: if we are to help the "have-nots" then we'll need to challenge the "have-yachts."

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