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Fighting for political participation in Tunisia

On April 23 dozens of Tunisian women gathered in front of the National Assembly in the capital to protest against moves to curtail women's rights and ensure that women enjoy equal representation...

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How the benefits safety net fails 1.75 million families

Hannah Aldridge, senior researcher for the New Policy Institute (NPI), explains how recent changes to the UK welfare system have hit the poorest families. ...

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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...

Rwandan refugees returning from camps in Tanzania in 1996. Credit: Howard Davies/Oxfam

The Rwandan genocide: twenty years on

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in Rwanda in the space of a hundred days. David Bryer was Oxfam director at the time, here he remembers what he describes as the lowest point in...

Tax policies that sound good but don’t work

Tax reforms and other policy changes that help people on the lowest incomes have been in the spotlight in the last couple of weeks. But are these policies really aimed at helping the poorest, asks...

What on earth is an anti-poverty strategy anyway?

Last week, the government launched their new strategy to tackle child poverty in the UK. Chris Goulden, head of the poverty research team at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, comments on it and asks...

Getting real about UK hunger

Last week was a busy one for debates on food poverty, from the Church weighing in on the debate to the announcement of a parliamentary inquiry into issue. Ruth Jackson writes about why Oxfam thinks...

Fighting inequality starts with housing

As housing costs in the UK spiral out of control, Chris Johnes thinks the time has come for tougher rules to prevent the wealthiest from making housing unaffordable for the majority of people.  ...

"Pour l'honneur du Mali". A group of displaced women is leaving a community meeting about their situation and their hopes for returning home, Bamako, 2013. Credit: Oxfam/Vincent Tremeau

Hopes for the new Malian government

Elections in 2013 restored democratic order in Mali. Now the new government needs to bring about justice, reconciliation and development. Our briefing paper identifies key governance...

UK housing strategy will let the poor fall through the cracks

From April this year, the UK government will cap overall spending on welfare. Chris Johnes hoped this would encourage government departments to invest in long-term programmes tackling poverty to...