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Project 8 poster

Blog: Wondering what to do this weekend? Interested in film?

Why not invite some friends over to your place, cook them dinner and watch a good film…

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Blog: 2010: no flying cars but an opportunity to get the Millennium Development Goals back on track

For the first blog of the new decade I want to take you back to the turn of the century. A time when facebook did not exist, George W. Bush had not yet become the president of the United States and a plan by world leaders to tackle global poverty was launched - the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Oxfam supporters making human pyramids at the Solidays festival in France this summer to show their support for the Big Promise. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: Doesn’t it make you mad when politicians don’t keep their promises?

Freya is my 10-week old baby girl – I promise to change her nappies every weekend until she turns six months old!

My friend Priscilla has promised to teach her secondary school pupils about health and education in the developing world, and another friend Sarah has promised to stop eating meat.

Luc Lampriere, Executive Director of Oxfam France, promised to dye his hair green for a meeting with the French Foreign Ministry.

Blog: Looking back at this G8: the big promise remains just a promise

It’s past 3 pm on the final day of the Summit and I’ve just started realizing that it’s over… after almost 2 years of working, sweating, worrying about the G8 there’s nothing more I can do to squeeze out positive results out of this summit for the world’s poor. What I see instead is yet another series of big announcements, good intentions and no action.

3 million face death while Berlusconi and the G8 fiddle. Credit: Nicola Sacco/Oxfam

Blog: The fiddling was fun but the issue is deadly serious

As photo ops go, it doesn’t get much better. A beautiful Rome morning. The ruins of Nero’s palace on the horizon. A backdrop of leaping flames augmented by fire breathers. And the heads of the G8 countries cavorting about in togas, fiddling while Africa burns.

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