Even it up – why we are calling for an end to extreme inequality

Today Oxfam launches Even It Up around the world, a new campaign calling for world leaders to make closing the gap between the richest and the rest a priority. Here, Emma Seery introduces the Even It Up campaign and explains why this is such a crucial part of Oxfam’s work. From Ghana to Germany, South Africa to Spain, today the …

A full time job with no pay – would you agree to that?

The recently launched infographics on unpaid care work illustrate the demands, impact and unequal share of responsibility across Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Honduras, Nicaragua South Africa, Republic of Korea (South) and Tanzania. Here, Claudia Seiler looks at how Germany and the UK compare and why issues of unpaid care are closer to home than we might think. Oxfam recently launched a set of …

Bangladeshi women speak up about care and cooking

In the second part of a series on unpaid care work, Golam Fazle Rabbani, describes how assessing working hours led to better stoves and improved gender equality in one of the poorest regions of Bangladesh. Purbo Gabgachi is a village of Fulchari sub-district of Gaibandha char (river island) area in Bangladesh which is affected by flood throughout the monsoon season …

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 …

Why tackling global poverty means we must break our fossil fuel addiction

Climate change is already making people hungry. As we launch our new briefing paper calling for tougher action on fossil fuels, our campaigns director Ben Phillips explains why we need to break our addiction to fossil fuels if we want to tackle poverty. Oxfam works for a just world without poverty where everyone has enough to eat. But climate change …

Hidden hunger: South Africans speak out on World Food Day

On World Food Day John Magrath shares the findings of an Oxfam South Africa report which reveals that one in four citizens are going hungry. The causes of poverty, the cost of food, and related issues around malnutrition, stunting and obesity all need to be addressed. Oxfam is calling for a national conversation to bring the problem out into the open …

The inequality of crises

Whether it is hidden or visible, it is through crises that inequality can become the most apparent. As a part of Blog Action Day, Ed Cairns looks at how disasters hit the marginalised the hardest and how there is a strong relationship between inequality and conflict.   Inequality is hard-wired into humanitarian crises. When disasters strike, it is almost always …

Going urban – aid must adapt to shifting refugee trends

Humanitarian aid is usually associated with camps and emergency shelters, both in terms of the images shown and the concentration of aid workers. However, with the numbers of refugees living in cities and towns, Alan Brouder looks at why camps are being seen as a last resort and there is an increasing focus on urban contexts.  1.2 million Syrian refugees …

Food giants are listening to demands for sustainability

In February 2013 we launched the Behind the Brands campaign with an assessment of the social and environmental policies of the world’s ten largest food and beverage companies. The campaign has made real progress by leveraging consumer power to persuade big business to make their policies fairer and more sustainable, although further change is is still needed. Here Danielle Smith presents …

Promoting active citizenship in fragile states – four lessons

Is long term programming possible in fragile states? For the last three years we’ve been working with civil society in South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan and the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, to demonstrate that it is. Here, Richard Chilvers explains what we’ve learned so far. Today 1.8 billion people live in fragile states and yet the aid they receive is …