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Harvested coffee beans (Credit: Mario Lopez/Oxfam)

Defining a living wage means understanding the local context

To mark Human Rights Day, Oxfam published a paper outlining why a living wage is essential and positive steps that have been taken to achieve it. Here, Mike Kelly, Chairman of the Living Wage...

6 year-old Hamida Cyimana, is writing on the blackboard used by her father who is a teacher while waiting for him to come home. Kigali, Rwanda. (Credit: Simon Rawles)

Global Inequality – the unjust and unsustainable gap between countries and within them

Extreme inequality isn't simply an issue of income; it is also one of opportunities and access to resources - much of which can be determined by where you are born. Following the launch...

A small holder farmer in Rwanda on her mobile phone. Credit: Alvaro Valverde/Oxfam

Influencing mobile network operators and partners to work for women and sustainable agriculture

Oxfam recently embarked on an innovative partnership in mNutrition, a programme, which aims to use mobile phones to help fight hunger and malnutrition in Asia and Africa. Here Alvaro Valverde and...

Anthony Mokowa cycling home, he bought his bicycle with the money made from selling tomatoes, he has a much improved harvest thanks to an Oxfam funded irrigation scheme. Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

People, planet and profit: the three Ps of impact investment

Are we entering a new era of corporate social responsibility and ethical investors? Oskar Haq our financial sector adviser in Asia explains why impact investment is becoming ever more popular. ...

UK hunger: why is it rising and what can we do about it?

Oxfam believes that no one should go hungry, let alone in the seventh richest country in the world. Yet in Britain one in five people live below the poverty line and life expectancy in some areas...

French economist Thomas Piketty at the reading for his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, on 18 April 2014 at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Should You Read Thomas Piketty on the Beach This Summer?

French economist Thomas Piketty at the reading for his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, on 18 April 2014 at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Image by Sue Gardner. ...

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The World Economic Forum in the world's most unequal region

Last week Latin American economic elites met for the regional World Economic Forum in Panama. Here Francoise Vanni reflects on the meeting and the challenge of changing the dynamics of wealth and...

Office Workers on the Bridge. Credit: Dave Collier

Build back better: time for a new economic model

When politicians talk of economic recovery, how are they measuring success? Recovering the old economic model is not good enough says Katherine Trebeck, the economy needs to serve the people. ...

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer and his distinctive red budget box

Austerity is not over for the UK’s hungry families

George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, today set out his spending plans for the next year. But although the rhetoric is all about resilience, the poorest and most vulnerable in the UK...

Behind the brands campaign poster

Behind the Brands: what progress one year on?

In February 2013 we launched an ambitious campaign using the power of consumers and investors to hold the world's biggest food and drinks companies to account for what happens in their supply...

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