Investors driving better quality jobs

Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam GB’s Ethical Trade Manager, explains why investors are key to improving working conditions in global supply chains. At the World Economic Forum in January, an exchange between Oxfam’s Winnie Byanyima and the CFO of Yahoo went viral. Why? Because it highlights two contrasting views of job creation. For many business leaders, a low unemployment figure is a …

Are supermarket canned tomatoes now free from labour exploitation?

Tim Gore shares three key findings from Oxfam’s human rights impact assessment of the Italian processed tomato sector. There have been a range of media and NGO reports in recent years about endemic labour exploitation in the Italian tomato sector. But as Oxfam’s The People Behind the Prices, shows, while some progress has been made, many of the root causes …

Debt: a noose around Somalia’s future

Full debt cancellation is the only way forward for Somalia, write Dustin Barter, Oxfam’s Senior Campaigns and Policy Manager in Somalia, and Mohamed A. Ahmed, Independent Debt Specialist. As the African Union Summit kicks off in Addis Adaba this week, Somalia remains swamped in debt, struggling to kick-start a more positive trajectory. Debt relief, a once hot topic (thanks Bono!), …

Making markets work in fragile settings

Oxfam OPT’s Economic Justice team shares four lessons learned from their market system development (MSD) work with small-scale farmers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory affects 4.8 million Palestinians, nearly a quarter of whom live below the poverty line. Among other threats, at least 1.9 million Palestinians experience – or are at risk of …

Fishy business: Thai communities threatened by the seafood industry

In Thailand intensive fishing by big business has caused a stark decline in seafood stocks which is threatening food security and the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities. Here, Werapong Prapha, Gendered Enterprise Development and Private Sector Coordinator, explains how a new community led social enterprise is promoting responsible fishing practices, respecting the rights of fishing communities, and the environment. …

Land policy makers need to focus on how change happens

As delegates start filing in for the World Bank’s annual Land and Poverty Conference, Ross Clarke explains why a critical point of discussion should be the divergence between land policy ‘the idea’ and land rights ‘the reality’. ‘The value of an idea lies in the using of it.’ Thomas Edison. As the global land rush intensifies, commitments towards improved land …

Are you paying a living wage? Four ways to check

There is no single, universal way to calculate a living wage. It is contextual with a wide range of influencing factors leading to significant variation on national and regional levels. Here, Paulien Osse explains how companies can find the details they need to provide a living wage. A living wage is a moral imperative; it serves as a beacon of …

What would it take to deliver a living wage in supply chains?

The concept of a living wage is not something new, but with recent reports warning of the lag between wages and productivity and outlining the failures in trickle down economics, it is in the spotlight. On Human Rights Day, Rachel Wilshaw talks about what has been done and what more companies can do to ensure that a living wage is …

Beyond a ‘glass wall’: women address invisible barriers to economic empowerment

Women’s heavy and unequal share of care work often goes unspoken and unrecognised creating an invisible barrier for women’s empowerment. Here, Thalia Kidder introduces a series of infographics illustrating the demands of care and why this needs to be a part of the development agenda.   Why don’t enough women benefit and lead in development initiatives, or take up the economic opportunities …

If I were president… how would the children of Mukuru change the world?

From vegetable-growing pilots and meteorologists to doctors and teachers. Mora McLagan hears the children of Mukuru’s hopes and dreams for the future and finds out what they would do if they could be President of Kenya for one day. Last month I was in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi where Oxfam has been working with our partner Sanergy to provide …