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The Global Day of Action for a Financial Transaction Tax

Blog: The Global Day of Action for a Financial Transaction Tax

Campaigners around the world demand a Financial Transaction Tax from the G20

The global campaign for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) [Robin Hood Tax] moved up a notch today, with campaigners from 25 countries uniting to call for the G20 to deliver a tax on the banks. From Argentina to Australia, Spain to Senegal, and Brussels to Brazil, thousands of people and organizations have taken part across the globe!

 Leonor Briones à l'école de filles de Mulberry, où elle a fait une présentation des soins de santé aux Philippines. Crédit: Imogen Davies / Oxfam

Blog: Tour du W8 : Ouvrir des fenêtres au Royaume-Uni

« Bonjour, les filles ! 

Je viens des Philippines, un pays qui compte 7 100 îles et 91 millions d’habitants. Mon prénom est Leonor. C’est la version espagnole du prénom anglais Eleanor. Les Philippines étaient une colonie espagnole pendant plus de quatre cents ans. Mon deuxième nom est Magtolis : c’est le nom ancestral de ma famille, bien avant que les Espagnols n’arrivent. Mon nom de famille est Briones, un autre nom espagnol. Je suis philippine. »

Leonor Briones at Mulberry School for Girls, where she talked about the health care system in the Philippines. Credit: Imogen Davies/Oxfam

Blog: W8 tour: Opening windows in the UK

Good morning, girls!

I am from the Philippines, a country with 7,100 islands and 91 million people. My first name is Leonor, which is the Spanish version of the English name, Eleanor. The Philippines were a colony of Spain for more than four hundred years. My second name is Magtolis, which is the original name of my family long before the Spanish came. My last name is Briones, another Spanish name. I am a Filipino.”

Julien Potet, Dorothy Ngoma and Judith Robertson at the presentation held in Paris. Credit: Delphine Bedel/Oxfam

Blog: W8 tour: Getting maternal and child health on the Canadian agenda

The W8 tour has just begun and already we have our first success to celebrate! Myself, Sandhya (W8 member from India) and Oxfam Canada met with members of the Canadian Parliament and as a result they introduced a motion to have the Foreign Affairs Committee discuss maternal and child health as a priority issue for the G8 Summit!   We heard the news just as we were on our way to the airport to catch the plane to France and it felt great to know we’d helped get such an important issue on the political agenda in Canada, who are hosting the G8 this year.

Safe and Sound farmers visiting an agro-forestry plot at a colleague's organic farm in Santa Isabel del Pajarito. Credit: Sharif Schnepel Rivera

Blog: Saludos from the Nicaraguan hinterland

Elba Rivera Urbina, W8 member from Nicaragua, lives in the Southeast of the country. As well as her work with the Nicaraguan Campaign for Education coalition she works with the ecological farming community of the "Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur," educating and training mestizo and indigenous families, who use organic agriculture, which mainly means diversified agro-forestry in the humid tropics.

Dorothy, wearing her 'Public Health First' hospital wrist-band, meets new-born baby Daniel. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: Taking the high road on health

Following her visits to Germany and Italy Dorothy Ngoma, our Oxfam champion from Malawi, visits Scotland to talk about public healthcare issues.

Blog: Will they hear about Doha in Malawi?

Now that the hoopla is over, I feel compelled to answer my own questions (and address my fears) about what was achieved at the United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Doha. Of course, had we solved the problems of poverty and under-development, I would be out of a job (though I swear I wouldn’t mind!)

Blog: Wallpaper in Doha?

I’m huddled in a corner of the swank Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar.  Around me, workers are carrying massive rows of theater chairs, and rolls of wallpaper.

Why am I here at the most famous hotel in Doha, in this tiny and extremely wealthy Gulf country? (Obviously not where I hang out on an average day)  And what on earth are they doing to this place?

Blog: In the big apple with the big cheeses

I am in good company here in New York – more than 80 national leaders have flown in to participate in a special UN meeting on poverty reduction taking place tomorrow.

Why are they here?

Millennium Development Goals. And because with just 7 years to go, things are seriously off track.  So leaders are here to demonstrate they are serious about ending poverty, and to put some much needed steam back into meeting these commitments.

Why are we here? 

Blog: After the horse-trading….

The term horse trading is an Americanism that dates back to early 19th century and refers to intricacies of assessing, bargaining and trading of horses. Apparently one had to be a shrewd dealer in order to obtain the best horse for the best price or vice versa.


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