Barbara Chinyeu (36) is a widow who risks her life every day to irrigate her crops and feed her two children. She lives in Chiawa, Zambia, a rural area with few transport links and employment opportunities. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Message to Southern Africa leaders: invest in women and smallholder farmers

From the 17-18 August 2015, SADC (Southern African Development Community) Heads of State will take key decisions that will determine the direction of development and integration in the region. They should elevate one issue above all others: the importance of investment in women and smallholder farmers. 

Boy displaced by fighting in outh Sudan. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: An historic chance to end poverty

Next year will see key decisions which will profoundly impact the world's poorest people for many years, with deadlines set for climate negotiations and the creation of new UN development goals. What legacy will we leave?

Uranium mining in Niger: Shining a light on a case of injustice

Blog: Uranium mining in Niger: Shining a light on a case of injustice

If you ask a French citizen where their electricity comes from, many would proudly say from ‘green power’, meaning nuclear power. France has one of the largest nuclear power complexes in the world, supplying powerhouse economies like Germany as well as many Eastern European countries.

But France doesn’t have much uranium for nuclear generation. For more than 50 years this simply hasn’t been a problem. Since it struck an agreement with the poor, landlocked country of Niger in 1967, France has been getting a pretty good deal.

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

What do the Uttrakhand floods tell us about India’s development model?

Blog: What do the Uttrakhand floods tell us about India’s development model?

Vanita Suneja, Oxfam India’s Economic Justice Lead, looks at the underlying causes of the devastating floods in Uttrakhand.

Dépenses consacrées aux OMD, Government Spending Watch (GSW)

Blog: Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement : les gouvernements dépensent-ils comme promis ?

Dans le domaine du développement, l'argent résout de nombreux problèmes. Si l'on souhaite savoir dans quelle mesure des progrès ont été réalisés pour atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD) ou dans quelle direction il faudrait s'orienter pour le programme de l'après-2015, il convient en premier lieu de disposer de donées fiables, avant de pouvoir avancer.

MDG spending, Government Spending Watch (GSW)

Blog: Are governments meeting their MDG spending targets?

In the world of development, money answers many questions. If we’re interested in finding out how far we have come in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or in what direction we should go for a post-2015 agenda, having the right numbers in place is paramount to moving forward. This is what makes Government Spending Watch (GSW) so exciting.

In 2010, Africa’s oil, gas and mineral exports amounted to $333 billion. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/Oxfam

Blog: Africa in control of its fortune

Several African countries are amongst today’s fastest growing economies in the world, boosted in many instances by new discoveries of oil, natural gas and strategic mineral reserves. Extreme poverty on the continent is in decline, and progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals has accelerated. A number of very poor African countries, including Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia have made recent and substantial improvements in their levels of income equality.

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. 

Children in a classroom, Mali. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Day 10: Levelling the Plowing Field, Creating Choice

Let’s not be dogmatic about farming methods, many options are needed. Options are precisely what smallholders lack. At best these farmers live imprisoned in “either/or” lives filled with heart-wrenching choices. The rich world must foster equal access to farming essentials and above all choice, for smallholders are indispensable to the future of agriculture. 


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