Global Poverty

Global Poverty

Nimo, Somaliland

Right now, millions of families around the world are facing severe food shortages, fleeing their homes in search of safety, and navigating life without access to safe, clean water. These are the stories of three women who have persevered through circumstances beyond their control.

La Playita, in Baracoa, is one of the most vulnerable communities in the city

While President Obama's visit has put Havana in the spotlight, more remote communities are preparing for earthquakes and natural disasters.

Oxfam Canada's Executive Director, Julie Delahanty, on her recent field trip to Tanzania, visiting some of the projects that Oxfam’s supporters make possible.

Oxfam Canada's Executive Director, Julie Delahanty, on her recent field trip to Tanzania, visiting some of the projects that Oxfam’s supporters make possible.

Written by Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International.

The world’s most powerful political leaders will be quietly absent from the UN Financing for Development Conference when it kicks off in Addis next week.  They would rather not put political capital into a meeting which their bureaucrats have spent weeks and months pulling apart.

80 richest people have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest people

Making tax fair is one of the issues most in need of global action if we’re to tackle the problem of inequality.  Oxfam is calling for an unprecedented event, a World Tax Summit, where all countries come together to make tax fair and help close the gap between rich and poor. Read...

Slum next to luxury apartments. São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Tuca Vieira

Extreme economic inequality is out of control and getting worse. From Ghana to Germany, South Africa to Spain, the gap between rich and poor is rapidly increasing. At the World Economic Forum last year, Oxfam released a statistic which made headlines: Just 85 rich individuals held more wealth...

Peru’s tax administration uncovered a sum equivalent to US$ 105 million in unpaid tax - almost enough to fund the whole maternal neonatal public programme.

Current dysfunctional international tax rules are allowing scores of multinational companies to pay minimal tax bills in the countries where economic production takes place, compared to the profits they are earning and often hiding offshore.

Housing for the wealthier middle classes rises above the insecure housing of a slum community in Lucknow, India. Photo: Tom Pietrasik / Oxfam

Last week, Oxfam released a new report on global inequality, "Working For the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality", targeted at the participants attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. More than 3,000 media outlets have covered the story worldwide.

After a day's work, garment factory workers in Cambodia ride home on a romork. Photo: Chhor Sokunthea/World Bank

As developing countries open their doors to greater trade and investment, the reach, influence and impact of private companies grows. It’s this power to affect the lives of the poor people – not always for the better – that makes it essential Oxfam engages.

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