Oxfam

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

How Human Rights Believers Should Respond To The Trump Era

Osama Saeed Bhutta | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Osama Saeed Bhutta

The election of Donald Trump gives us is an opportunity to renew the global human rights project. Attempts at demonstrating the universalism of human rights often stumbled due to an erroneous perception that they were actually a western concept. If the president of the United States openly turns his face against sixty years of progress, it could perversely help galvanise in all parts of the world - but only if we take seriously human rights in all their forms.

The Oxfam Inequality Report Is Telling The Wrong Story

Sam Dumitriu | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK
Sam Dumitriu

Oxfam blame Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's big bank accounts for everything from Brexit to Trump. They argue that increasing returns to those at the top is to blame for poverty at the bottom. And that we must fundamentally change our economic model to fix this. But it couldn't be further from the truth.

Eight People Own As Much As Than Half The Planet - Time For Common Sense And Decency To Be Put Back Into How We Run Our Economies

Katy Wright | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK
Katy Wright

Even as a veteran of numerous Oxfam global inequality reports I was shocked when our latest research found that just eight individuals own the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet. That's 3.6 billion people. This year better data, particularly in Asia, shows that the world's poorest have even less than we thought - and the inequality crisis is far worse than we feared.

These Eight People Are As Wealthy As Half The World's Population, According To Oxfam

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK

Eight billionaires are as wealthy as half the world’s population, latest Oxfam statistics show, as the gap between rich and poor is revealed as bein...

Oxfam's New App Lets You See Exactly Where Your Donations Are Going

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Tech

Oxfam is seeking to raise the bar for transparency in the charity sector with a new smartphone app that connects donors to the causes they support. La...

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

Poorest Countries Still Losing out After Paris Climate Deal

Matthew Spencer | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Spencer

For this Paris Agreement to make the impact we need to avoid climate change spiralling out of control, we need it to build from strength to strength, and that means placing poor people at its beating heart.

Britain Must Not Delay In Halting Arms Sales Fuelling Bloodshed In Yemen

Mark Goldring | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

It is not too late to help bring this conflict to an end, and to send the strongest possible message that killing civilians will not be tolerated. To do that, Britain should not delay another day in halting the arms sales that are fuelling this bloodshed and put all its diplomatic effort behind finding a political solution.

Models And 'Strictly' Stars 'Shwop' Clothes Online For Sustainable Fashion Initiative

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Style

‘Strictly’s’ Melvin Odoom, Millie Mackintosh and models Stella Tennant and Lisa Snowdon are among the celebrities making their “pre-loved’ c...

Celebrating Old Fartdom

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

I'm proud to say I'm a fairly impressive Old Fart myself, at 60. Are you? Here are my top ten attributes of a Genuinely Magnificent Old Fart.

The Slow Demise of the Charity Shop Experience

Kris Griffiths | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kris Griffiths

Charity shops have been good to me over the years. At least half of my book and record collection, and a quarter of my wardrobe, can trace their lineage to Oxfams and Sue Ryders across the land.

Yemen Is Becoming a Land of Bombed Schools, Road Blocks and Child Soldiers

Mark Goldring | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Even before the current war, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East. Chronic poverty has been aggravated by conflict, weather and long-term instability. More than ten million people have insufficient food and two million have been displaced within the country. Bombing and fighting continues in many places and there are few aid agencies on the ground with too little money. Too many of those that are there have been holed up in the capital.

On World Refugee Day, Let's Listen to the Voices of Refugees

Mike Noyes | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

As thousands of refugees continue to flee war zones and persecution in search of safety in Europe, and the EU debates how to deal with the worst refugee crisis since the second world war, it's the voices of refugees themselves that have been absent.

Seven Pence in Every £10 Is a Small Price to Help the World's Poorest

Mark Goldring | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

When MPs debate the UK's aid target today, I hope we are presented with a full picture of the pros and cons of aid spending. I'm proud that Britain hasn't turned its back on the world's poorest - the fact that the rest of the world has not yet followed suit is a reason to carry on, not retrace our steps. We can and must continue to do better, but there should be no doubt that British aid is transforming the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

A Fair City for All

Rachael Orr | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

We should all be angry that such high levels of deprivation exist alongside such wealth in the capital. The new London Mayor must tackle this crisis as a matter of urgency to ensure that prosperity is equally shared and millions of Londoners are not left behind.

Heartbreak for Syrian Refugee Family Awaiting a Home

Joelle Bassoul | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Joelle Bassoul

Here we are watching rich countries debating yet again whether Syrian refugees should be allowed in or not, whether they pose a security threat or are linked to terrorist groups. At Oxfam, we've been calling for the resettlement of 10 per cent of the most vulnerable five million registered Syrian refugees...

Amanda Holden Let Her Kids Dress Her For A Very Good Reason

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents

Amanda Holden, Jamelia, Stephen Mangan and other celebrities have traded in their stylists and let their children dress them for a day as part of a ne...

Ethiopia Drought - Why It's Different This Time

Mark Goldring | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Most of us remember the image of thousands of Ethiopians starving during the famine of 1984/85, the luckier ones seemingly fed only by the power of the Western media to incite compassion and belated action from international agencies. On a recent visit to the country, I heard how the weather conditions now are as bad as during that terrible disaster...

Richest 1% Took Quarter Of New UK Wealth Since 2000

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK

The richest 1% of the UK’s population has pocketed more than a quarter of the wealth created in Britain since 2000, it has been revealed. Over the p...

What Would You Do If Your Wealth Were $28Billion?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?

We Are Experiencing a Crisis of Global Inequality That Is More Than Just Deeply Unjust, It Is Bad for Us All

Katy Wright | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Katy Wright

Inequality has been shown to impact on the durability of economic growth and increases the chances of future financial shocks; it undermines social cohesion and equality for women; and it increases political instability. In a surprising echo to Aicha's words, the self-proclaimed zillionaire Nick Hanauer wrote in 2014 that "if we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us"... Economic and policy changes in recent decades - including deregulation, privatisation, financial secrecy and globalisation, especially of finance - have supercharged the age-old ability of the rich and powerful to use their position to further concentrate their wealth.

A Coach-Load Of People Now Have More Money Than Half The Planet

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

Growing inequality means a coach-load of people now own as much wealth as half the planet's population put together, a report from Oxfam says. New ...

Why Oxfam's London Fashion Week Show Will Make You Feel Good

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Style

This feature is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle. Here we aim to champion some of the emer...