Private Sector

A pupil writing on the blackboard at the Pamaronkoh Community Primary School, Calaba Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Blog: What's at stake for Financing for Development – diverting public resources to leverage private finance?

The upcoming Third Financing for Development conference (aka #FfD3) in Addis Ababa will have a marked effect on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit in New York in September, and ultimately on December’s climate change deal that must be agreed in Paris. It’s a domino effect that will determine how development and climate action is funded for the next fifteen years.

Neem Mibimba, 28 is President of the Women's Forum, Boporo camp, Eastern DRC. Credit: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam, December 2014

Blog: The first 4 years of Oxfam's GROW Campaign: Keep on growing!

Four years ago this month, Oxfam’s GROW campaign launched with a rallying cry to “fix the broken food system.” In more than 50 countries, people like you have stood up to governments, banks and the world’s biggest brands – and winwon. None of this would have been possible without your support!

Anastacia Antonia, Farmer, Mozambique. 22 years old. Photo: Mario Macilau/Oxfam

Blog: Will businesses ‘Walk the Walk’ and “Talk the Walk” on the Road to Paris?

Business leaders meeting at the Business & Climate Summit in Paris this week have the power to show they will listen to those who are least to blame yet most affected by climate change. Will they take action for food security and for supporting small farmers?

Battle of the Brands

Blog: Battle of the Brands: The Annual Scorecard Update

Twice a year, Oxfam takes a look at publically available information on the agricultural sourcing policies of the top ten food and beverage companies. These are the same companies that make a large portion of what you buy everyday. Here's our latest assessment of how well the top 10 Food & Beverage companies are performing on 7 themes: Transparency, Women, Workers, Farmers, Land, Water, and Climate. 

Resistance group Movimiento Unificado Campesino del Aguan (Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguan) holds a sign that says “No more murders of campesinos in the Aguan.” Photo: AFP

Blog: Achieving impact in development requires the IFC to learn from its failures

Jin Yong Cai, executive vice president of the I

Winnie Byanyima and Amina J Mohammed at the #PeoplesClimate march in New York

Blog: Turning up the heat on Climate action – no time for delay

By Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's Executive Director - Climate change is no longer just coming. It’s here already. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters. And the financial cost of this chaos has been immense - almost half a trillion dollars – three times the costs in the whole of the 1970s.

Blog: Two years on: What became of 'The Guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests?'

9 March 2012 is a memorable date. In any case, I will never forget it. Late that night, at the headquarters of the FAO in Rome, intense negotiations concluded at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on a landmark agreement on how to govern land (the “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security” - “the Guidelines”).

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.

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

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.

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