Bashing the poor is losing its appeal

For years, it has been axiomatic that the majority of the British public regarded benefit recipients as “skivers” who could get a job if they wanted. This perception seems to have survived the realities of the most prolonged economic down turn since the Great Depression, and the fact that most working-age people on benefits actually have jobs, albeit not ones …

A hotter world is a hungrier world

The latest assessment of global climate change enters a new phase today as scientists and civil servants gather in Stockholm to discuss the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which focuses on the physical science basis of the climate system and climate change. Crucial as the science is, Oxfam is chiefly concerned about the impacts that …

Austerity in Europe: why repeat history’s mistakes?

Today, we launch a new paper that uses the lessons from Africa, Latin America and South East Asia to warn against aggressive austerity programmes in Europe. Krisnah Poinasamy, one of the authors of the paper, explains more. One of the fortunate things about working for a seventy year-old international development NGO is the wisdom that comes with age and a …

In Europe, poverty and inequality are political choices

As we launch our new paper on the impact of austerity in Europe, guest blogger Claire Champeix from the European Anti-Poverty Network, says the EU needs to stop breaking its promises to its citizens. Poverty in Europe is steadily and worryingly rising. It is the most vulnerable that are paying the highest price for the recession, and subsequent austerity. We are seeing more …

Afghan women police need to be doing more than just making tea

As Oxfam publishes a major report on Afghan women in the police, Liz Cameron highlights that it’s more than a numbers game. Twelve years since the international intervention into Afghanistan and the overthrow of the Taliban there have been several gains for Afghan women, and among them is the fact that the number of women police has been growing slowly. …

Growth you say? When GDP just ain’t enough…

Forget the so-called ‘green shoots’, Katherine Trebeck argues that the growth being reported by some, is not the kind to be celebrated.  Next week, Oxfam will release a paper which warns that austerity measures being pursued across Europe are dangerous. In fact, current policies are threatening to undermine decades of progress, create a divided Europe, and entrench poverty for a …

How do the rich get richer? Tax rates and the top 1 percent

In the week before we launch our new paper on austerity, Ricardo Fuentes Nieva reveals that the richest in the US and the UK have paid a lower marginal tax rate over the last three decades and that their ability to influence tax rates is growing. How do the rich get richer? The magic formula to wealth and status divides …

“Our womanhood has disappeared”. Changing gender roles among Syrian refugees

Over one million people have fled to Lebanon in the hope of escaping the violence in Syria. It is now widely acknowledged that war affects men and women differently as a result of conflict compounding existing gender inequalities; however the impact of displacement on gender roles is less well understood. Oxfam’s joint research with the ABAAD-Resource Centre for Gender Equality …