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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. ...

Women from the village of Mecha, Ethiopia, dressed in protective clothing, during a workshop at the Ambrosia beekeeping training centre. Credit: Tom Pietrasik

Taking stock of our Enterprise Development Programme

Our Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is an innovative business based approach to tackling poverty. Last week Maria Michalopoulou explored how and why Oxfam invests in small businesses....

Razia laying out chilies to dry in the family compound. Char Atra, Bangladesh. Credit: Shehab Uddin / DRIK / Oxfam GB

How and why does Oxfam invest in small businesses?

At Oxfam we know that business has a major role to play in overcoming poverty, so we set up a programme to identify business opportunities in poor communities and support them to become successful...

 Land being cleared and replanted with oil palms at the Butaw plantation in Sinoe County, Liberia (2014). Anna Fawcus/Oxfam America

Food and beverage industry must act on climate change

Climate change is threatening global food production, yet food companies are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. Here Danielle Smith our private sector policy officer...

Global partnership for effective development cooperation

What's needed to improve business's role in development?

This week top business representatives meet in Mexico City to discuss how to make development more effective. The lack of financial transparency among companies involved in development initiatives...

What is a risk-taking wealth creator anyway?

At a time the contribution business can make to help the UK economy recover is in the spotlight, Francis Stuart talks about the language of social justice and environmental sustainability, and how...

UK construction workers

Living wage: what happens when companies put well-being before profits

As Oxfam celebrates becoming a living wage employer, Oxfam GB's ethical trade manager Rachel Wilshaw explains what a living wage means for Oxfam - and why it is so desperately needed by workers...

WG Kusumawathi picking tea Sri Lanka. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Women's rights within the food system — the debate continues

Oxfam's online discussion on Making the food system work for women got off to a great start last week. Here Lauren Ravon summarises the debate so far and invites you to join in. ...

Women selling produce at market

Ensuring that private investment in small farms creates a just food system for all

Focusing investment on small-scale farmers, particularly women, can greatly reduce poverty, Monique Mikhail, Oxfam's Sustainable Agriculture Policy Adviser explains how.  ...

Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Six steps to good private investment in agriculture

Private investment can be a potent tool in the fight against poverty, but it needs to be done in the right way. Erinch Sahan outlines what's needed to make private sector investment work for...