Struggling to pay for the basics after welfare reform

UK Poverty Communications Officer Sarah Brodbin relates the experience of Tracy, a mother-of-one, who has turned to foodbanks as she struggles to pay for the basics due to the impact of welfare reform. She hopes her daughter does not face the same struggle. In January I went to Tower Hamlets Foodbank, a Trussell Trust affiliated foodbank providing food and advice to …

How the benefits safety net fails 1.75 million families

Hannah Aldridge, senior researcher for the New Policy Institute (NPI), explains how recent changes to the UK welfare system have hit the poorest families. Research released today by the New Policy Institute for Oxfam has found that 1.75 million of the poorest families have had their incomes cut as a result of government benefit changes. This comes as those on …

Vote no to women graduates! Getting education right for women

Education is a fundamental human right, but what’s needed to ensure a quality empowering education for all?  Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the Education issue. If you want to keep a whole segment of society oppressed, best make sure you prevent them getting an education. Less than 150 years ago, the British psychiatrist Henry Maudesley stated: “Vote no to women …

What’s needed to improve business’s role in development?

This week top business representatives meet in Mexico City to discuss how to make development more effective. The lack of financial transparency among companies involved in development initiatives needs to be addressed says Nicola McIvor. The First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation begins in Mexico City tomorrow. In recent years we have seen donors’ love …

The World Economic Forum in the world’s most unequal region

Last week Latin American economic elites met for the regional World Economic Forum in Panama. Here Francoise Vanni reflects on the meeting and the challenge of changing the dynamics of wealth and power in a region where 164 million people live below the poverty line. This year the World Economic Forum (or WEF) for the Latin America region was held …

The Rwandan genocide: twenty years on

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in Rwanda in the space of a hundred days. David Bryer was Oxfam director at the time, here he remembers what he describes as the lowest point in his 30-year humanitarian career. Twenty years ago, the world’s governments stood by and watched as an estimated 800,000 people in Rwanda were massacred in …

Build back better: time for a new economic model

When politicians talk of economic recovery, how are they measuring success? Recovering the old economic model is not good enough says Katherine Trebeck, the economy needs to serve the people. When a humanitarian disaster hits, once the initial stages of rescue and recovery have passed, the longer term objective is to support people to re-build their lives. In doing so, …