Long may the rebellion continue: Phil Bloomer’s farewell to Oxfam

Today, we say goodbye to Phil Bloomer who, after 18 years at Oxfam and eight years as Campaigns and Policy Director, is leaving to take on the role of Executive Director at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Below is an extract from his farewell speech.  What has kept me at Oxfam for 18 years? Oxfam’s values, its effectiveness …

Comprehensive Spending Review: crudely capping costs will undermine livelihoods

Before today’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) statement, George Osborne announced that he wouldn’t be making any further immediate cuts in the welfare bill, in his bid to find £11 billion in public spending cuts over the next three years. He has been true to his word as far as next financial year goes, but then dropped a £4bn bombshell landing …

Tackling poverty needs ‘radical action’, not more economic failure

Government action on poverty and inequality tinkers around the edges of our economy but success depends on more radical measures, writes Judith Robertson, head of Oxfam Scotland. Poverty is a creation of society and – if we work together and have the will – we have ample resources to end it. But the first step on that journey needs to be a …

What the G8 forgot

What did the G8 forget about food security?  Jodie Thorpe shares some lessons from Oxfam’s work on tipping the balance in support of farmers. The 2013 G8 Summit at Lough Erne is likely to be remembered for being the first to put some crucial new issues – tax avoidance and land grabs – on the agenda in a serious way.  But …

‘We will not allow their deaths to go unpunished.’ Join the day of action against femicide in Honduras

A day of action is taking place in Honduras on Wednesday to show solidarity with the 3,000 mothers, daughters and sisters who have been violently killed in that country in the last decade. Jacky Repila explains more. On Wednesday 19 June the National Campaign Against Femicide in Honduras, la Campaña Nacional Contra los Femicidios, is organising a mass action calling on the …

What it feels like when food prices leap

As well-fed world leaders discuss hunger as part of the G8 summit, the voices of those going without is often missed. Cat Meredith looks at Oxfam’s recent  Squeezed report to hear personal accounts of how food price volatility is impacting on people’s lives. On Monday the leaders of some of the world’s richest nations will meet at Lough Erne in Northern …

900,000 more in poverty: time to change course?

Figures released by the government today confirm that the real incomes of 900,000 people fell below the poverty line in the year 2011/12, an increase in poverty equivalent to the size of Manchester twice over. Of this increase, 300,000 are children. In a country where the number of millionaires is rising, these figures are sobering and demand the attention of everyone. Poverty is …

Humankind Index: our new approach to measuring prosperity, one year on

As the G8 leaders prepare to gather in Belfast and there are renewed calls to look beyond GDP, Oxfam Scotland releases its second Humankind Index (HKI) results, an attempt to do just that.  In a bid to find a new way to measure what makes a good life, Oxfam Scotland asked the people in Scotland what matters to them and then …

Return on Investment: What have we gained from the New Alliance?

At its inception, Oxfam was critical of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. Eric Muñoz of Oxfam America has been on a fact-finding mission to New Alliance countries and explains below that serious concerns remain. Last year’s G8, hosted by the US, gave birth to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an initiative to increase …