A father holds his daughter as he stands on a site from which local residents have recently been evicted to make way for new developments, close to luxury apartments in North Jakarta. Credit: Tiara Audina/Oxfam

Blog: The IMF’s bold moves on inequality are still unconvincing

The International Monetary Fund’s policy advice impacts who becomes economic winners and losers. New Oxfam report finds the International Monetary Fund’s new ‘inequality pilots’ fail to support inequality reduction.

Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank

Blog: My message to world leaders: To finance development you must tackle tax

Last month Oxfam’s International Executive

Emelina Dominguez tending to her vegetables. Honduras, 14 January 07. Photo: Gilvan Barreto/Oxfam

Blog: Fighting inequality in Latin America: The road ahead

Latin America is proof that the global trend of rising economic inequality can be reversed, if the political will exists. Despite historically being the most unequal region in the world, it is the only region that has managed to reduce inequality during the past decade.

A cautionary tale: Europe's bitter crisis of austerity and inequality

Blog: A cautionary tale: Europe's bitter crisis of austerity and inequality

By Winnie Byanyima and Sharan Burrow

Because of austerity, Europeans may have to live through the type of disastrous period experienced by Latin Americans, Asians and Africans in the 1980s and 1990s.

Europe's aggressive plans to balance the books by slashing public spending are proving to be a disaster. By ignoring mistakes from history, Europe risks repeating them. The most vulnerable people in Europe are facing an ‘austerity winter' that could last a generation.

"The Girl Knight" banner from Kenyan artist Eric Muthoga, on the World Bank building.

Blog: World Bank and IMF meetings – battle of the brands

It’s the time of year when Washington DC fills up with finance ministers, development ministers and central bank governors, all in town for a G20 meeting and for the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF. Oxfam is also here, lobbying for policies that benefit people living in poverty, and trying to keep attention on the most marginalized in the midst of fears about eurozone debt and US deficits.

Blog: The IMF on the Root Causes of the Global Economic Crisis

This blog is part of a short series of Oxfam blogs on the role of international financial institutions, and the fight against poverty.

The IMF has quietly issued a surprising piece of research that speaks directly to who and what is to blame for the global economic crisis: that is, US politicians at the national level who loosened regulation of mortgage lenders and on the rest of the US financial sector.

Sub-Saharan Africa Revenue Trends. Total revenue increased from 13.3% to 15.6% of GDP between 1990-1994 and 2000-2006.

Blog: Tax Collection Stagnates in Low-Income Countries: What’s Been the IMF’s Role?

This is the first of a short series of Oxfam blogs on the role of international financial institutions, and the fight against poverty.

Government tax collection in low-income countries stagnated throughout the 1990s and 2000s, according to a new paper by the Center for Development Policy at the University of London.

IMF’s reserves include more than 100 million ounces of gold

Blog: Oxfam supporters show their golden touch

A big outcry from Oxfam supporters and others has helped convince the IMF to use some of its gold to help the poorest countries weather the storm of the economic crisis. They haven’t given as much as we asked – but thank you for ensuring that the poorest countries got some of these resources upfront.

An estimated 1.6m additional primary teachers are needed in sub-Saharan Africa to reach education for all by 2015. (UNESCO) Photo: Oxfam

Blog: The antidote to crisis

I’m writing this from a windowless room in the IMF basement where our Oxfam team has been camped out for almost a week covering the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings. You can really lose your perspective down here, away from the sunlight and the bustling streets of Washington. So we keep reminding each other to get outside to enjoy a few minutes of spring sunshine every once in a while to stay grounded.

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