Thank you, Mossack Fonseca, for a textbook case study

OPINION: In light of the Panama Papers, tax havens have come under more scrutiny than ever before. Here Franziska Mager, Research Assistant at Oxfam, delves into why these leaks show the links between inequality and tax havens. The Panama Papers, like previous leaks, have had an almost movielike quality. If you are reading this, you have probably found yourself glued …

The missing trillion

OPINION: As the poorest half of people are getting poorer, but their incomes are rising, there are questions around why. Below, Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB, has a conversation with Tony Shorrocks of Credit Suisse about this issue and the need to dig deeper. Mark: Extreme poverty rates are lower than at any time in human history, and continue …

Public influencing to end violence against women and girls

NEWS:  Violence against women and girls is a global issue that is all too often ignored, effective advocacy and campaigns can play an integral part in bringing it to an end. The latest in a series of webinars by Oxfam’s Regional Gender Justice Programme in the Middle East and North Africa discusses best practice with regards to raising awareness and …

Unlocking women’s potential from the grassroots up

NEWS: Lorina Sthapit and Mona Mehta from Oxfam in Asia look back on a women community leaders event in Pakistan and share exceptional stories of women in leadership. “What will these village women do or say in such a high level conference? Look at their photos[on visa application], it doesn’t look like they will understand anything, let alone contribute.” – …

Big food is improving but a transformation is needed

OPINION:  With the release of the latest Behind the Brands report, Erinch Sahan takes us through how the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies have progressed on their social and environmental policies and practices, whilst outlining the challenges ahead.  The captains of the food industry have come a long way over the last few years. The “Big 10”, the world’s 10 …

Transforming tech for women

More than two-thirds of the world’s population will be using smartphones by 2020, but how smart are they for women? Information and communication technology is transforming our lives, but is it transforming gender inequalities for the better around the world? Amy O’Donnell and Jemma Stringer unpick the digital revolution’s role in transforming gender inequalities. Women are 14% less likely to …

Twitter Debate: #GirlsInICT – how can we level the playing field?

NEWS: Women only occupy 17% of tech jobs which has a disproportionate effect on their influence over its design and ultimately the use of technology. Research has also found that women are considered better coders, but only if they hide their gender. It is critical that we change the narrative and create a global environment which encourages girls and young women …

Safety in Europe? People deserve better treatment

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: As Europe’s migration crisis continues Oxfam and other NGOs face the challenge of delivering a humanitarian response in changing and unfamiliar circumstances. Emma Fanning reflects on a recent visit to Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonian border evaluating the situation and Oxfam’s response so far.    Safety in Europe? by Oxfam Policy & Practice …

Iraq: preparing for a predictable crisis

LEARNING: The Iraqi army’s planned and ongoing counter-offensive against ISIS is likely to lead to the displacement of between 500,000 and 1.5 million people from the city of Mosul and surrounding areas. They will need urgent humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, and water. Oxfam with the IRC has conducted a Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) to inform preparations, here Corrie Sissons, …

Extreme wealth is threatening women’s fight for equality

OPINION: Women are multiply disadvantaged in the global economy. Tackling gender injustices could lead to both women’s economic empowerment and wider economic growth, but as Francesca Rhodes explains this must be done carefully to ensure that it results in a more equal society overall. Worldwide, women are at an economic disadvantage compared to men. Whether this is women in India …