Four ways to make trade work for gender equality

How can trade work for, not against, gender equality? Marion Sharples shares the key messages from a recent webinar hosted by Oxfam and the Gender and Development Network. Women’s economic empowerment is flavour of the month in policy circles, and international trade is seen as a key lever to getting there. However, the conversation often centres on including women in …

Reimagining business to tackle inequality

Erinch Sahan explains why the current reality of mainstream business isn’t cutting the mustard when it comes to tackling inequality. Inequality is spiralling to absurd levels. Our economies are generating vast wealth but it is channelled to a tiny minority of people. Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world’s population has received just one percent of …

A human economy for women and men

How can we build an economy that works for everyone? Fenella Porter explains why in order to conceptualise a truly ‘human’ economy we need to look at inequalities of gender as much as inequalities of wealth. If the world turned upside down and we replaced all the women with men, and all the men with women, we still wouldn’t have …

Building a human economy requires more than a quick fix to corporate governance

Alex Maitland explores what business can do to help make a fairer economy that works for everyone.  Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few”. Quite a task given that Britain has become one of the most unequal developed countries in the world. The private sector employs 80% of …

Extreme inequality and the push for an alternative future

Deborah Hardoon introduces our new report, ‘An Economy for the 99%‘ and argues that extreme inequality and a crisis in economics have created the appetite for an alternative vision for the future. erd Alert. As a student of economics, I always found the technical aspects of the subject deeply satisfying. Getting to the ‘right’ answer using algebra and statistics, solving …

An Economy for the 99%

Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces our new report ‘An Economy for the 99%’, revealing that just 8 billionaires own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people. In this extended version of her Vlog, she outlines how Oxfam compiled this shocking statistic, how the data was researched and explains why Oxfam studies wealth.