natural resources

Indian women tilling the earth. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Why ending poverty in India means tackling rural poverty and power

More than 800 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live in the countryside. One quarter of rural India’s population is below the official poverty line – 216 million people. Vanita Suneja, Oxfam India’s Economic Justice Lead, argues that India can’t progress until it tackles rural poverty.

Des militantes rurales au Pérou demandent de l'action urgente face au changement climatique.

Blog: Las voces del Amazonas en la COP20: Una historia demasiado familiar

Al igual que en tantos lugares del mundo, el cambio climático y otros temas relaciondos con el medio ambiente están teniendo un gran impacto en la vida de la población local en la Amazonía peruana.

Des militantes rurales au Pérou demandent de l'action urgente face au changement climatique.

Blog: Listening to people of the Amazon during COP 20: A story of land rights

Like in so many places around the world, climate change and environmental issues are having a huge impact on the lives of local people in the Peruvian Amazon.

Capturing Africa's missing billions and making it work for its people

Blog: Capturing Africa's missing billions and making it work for its people

Oxfam co-hosted an event today featuring African politicians and academic and industry experts to discuss "How to make the African extractives industry work for African people."

Floods brought on by heavy rains have complicated life in the camps.

Blog: South Sudan's Second Anniversary: A long way to go

Last Tuesday South Sudan, the world's youngest country, celebrated its second anniversary. The new country gained independence on 9th July, 2011 after a referendum held in January that year with an overwhelming 98.83% of voters supporting independence.

Oxfam’s To-Do List for President Obama's Africa Trip

Blog: Oxfam’s To-Do List for President Obama's Africa Trip

 

Over the next decade, more than $1 trillion in natural resources will be extracted from the African continent. Currently, Africa exports more than $300 billion a year in oil, gas and mineral exports—more than four times the amount of aid the continent receives. But that money is not building roads, schools and hospitals for Africa’s people. In fact, booming extractives industries often lead to more poverty and powerlessness. 

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.

An activist speaks at the African People's Forum in Tanzania. Credit: Marc Wegerif/Oxfam

Blog: African civil society calls for a new economic model

The World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) was held in Tanzania for the first time on 5-7 May. While the WEF meetings are dominated by corporate executives and government leaders, the voice of ordinary people is often missing. Oxfam supported the African People’s Forum, a civil society conference running parallel to the main event. Marc Wegerif attended:

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