3 ways tax justice can help close the inequality gap

Blog: 3 ways tax justice can help close the inequality gap

It was US President Benjamin Franklin who said, in 1789, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Oh how times have changed – at least for a minority. While in the past 200 years, the economic elite have not yet found a way to cheat death, they have been masterful at dodging paying their fair dues in tax.

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

Oxfam’s To-Do List for President Obama's Africa Trip

Blog: Oxfam’s To-Do List for President Obama's Africa Trip


Over the next decade, more than $1 trillion in natural resources will be extracted from the African continent. Currently, Africa exports more than $300 billion a year in oil, gas and mineral exports—more than four times the amount of aid the continent receives. But that money is not building roads, schools and hospitals for Africa’s people. In fact, booming extractives industries often lead to more poverty and powerlessness. 

Verdict on the G8 Summit, 2013

Blog: Verdict on the G8 Summit, 2013

I sat in Enniskillen Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon, having just delivered our final, golf-themed stunt with the Big Heads, and watched the news coverage of the G8 Summit drawing to a close.

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. 

Man with his packed donkey in Kosht epa valley, Afghanistan

Blog: Day 7: Farmers do not come from Mars

If poor farmers had more freedom to innovate and adequate access to public and private investments, they would likely disappoint us by getting out of farming altogether. But even if only one or two in five remained, they would change the world for the better, literally.

By Julio A. Berdegué, Principal Researcher, Latin American Centre for Rural Development (RIMISP)

Hamisi Abdalla Rubalati working on his farm, Mtamba village, Tanzania. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Blog: Land grabs: Debunking the World Bank’s ‘bigger baddies’ argument

Last month Oxfam launched our land grabs action, targeting the World Bank. So far they’re not shifting their policy and agreeing to freeze their large land deals, so over the next few weeks we’re going to explore the reasons that they’re giving.

Oxfam Big Heads dining at the EU. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Not just another boring G20 petition

OK, so petitions aren't exactly novel. In fact they were used back in the 19th century by the abolitionists (as were most modern campaign methods, with the exception of blogging, I guess). But the reason we still use them is because they work – petitions show how much the public cares about an issue, and they provide evidence for the good guys and scare the bad guys. We've seen them work before, let's make it happen again – dear reader, you can make a difference!

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