Ben Phillips
Ben Phillips is Campaigns and Policy Director of ActionAid. He has lived and worked in four continents and 10 cities including New Delhi and Washington DC, as well as with children in poverty in East London. He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.

Entries by Ben Phillips

Time to Rescue the Corporate Lords of the Flies From Themselves

(2) Comments | Posted 2 March 2015 | (23:00)

Those corporate scandals just keep coming. The torrent won't stop. Yesterday a tech company, today a bank, tomorrow a mining corporation, and the following day an oil firm. Even corporations are acknowledging that it's all gone badly wrong. They talk of having let people down, even of moral failure. They...

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Helping to Tackle Poverty and Injustice Isn't a Matter of Left or Right, But of Right and Wrong

(8) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (16:35)

This week's furore over Oxfam's Below the Breadline report and one particular tweet used to promote it has put Oxfam in an unusual position.

As an organisation which works primarily to combat poverty overseas, we are used to critics arguing that charity should begin at home. Yet having drawn attention...

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Food Companies Must Act on Climate Change to Tackle Hunger

(1) Comments | Posted 22 May 2014 | (00:00)

Black clouds churning from coal power plants and smelly car exhausts may be the main images that spring to mind when thinking about the perpetrators of climate change - and rightly so. But hidden behind the thick smoke, the food industry is also making the problem worse because it emits...

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Deeply Divided Britain

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (14:32)

Today Oxfam published some shocking figures that show just how deeply divided Britain is. Just five families have more wealth than the poorest 20 percent of the entire UK population. That's nearly 13 million people, the same number as those officially classed as living below the...

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Inequality Undermining Progress on Poverty Goals

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (10:29)

When the world's governments meet at a special session of the UN this week to take stock of toward the Millennium Development Goals and negotiating a blueprint for global development, our message to them will be that only by confronting inequality head-on will poverty be overcome.


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People Power Gets the G8 to Address the Land Rush Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (23:00)

When you sit down with people who have been forcibly evicted from their land, you can feel full of despair. When you hear mothers talk about how the fence put up by land grabbers prevents them from getting to hospital, or youngsters talk about how their only option for work...

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This Cold-Hearted Welfare Bill Will Take Us Back to Dickensian Times

(108) Comments | Posted 20 January 2013 | (23:00)

Even though it's January, and it's 2013, it feels like a Victorian Christmas. It's not just because of the beautiful snow, and the laughter of kids throwing snowballs. It's also because Britain is returning to levels of inequality not seen since the time of Dickens. And because of a welfare...

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Aid Saves Lives - Better Aid Can Help Change the World

(4) Comments | Posted 25 November 2011 | (22:00)

The grainy black and white footage shows frightened refugees fleeing conflict and hunger. They make their way to a place of safety and care, run by Save the Children, and you see the smiles.

The grainy footage I am talking about is from South Korea, and the person showing...

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