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Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva

Previously the Head of Research

Ricardo Fuentes

Ricardo was the Head of Research for Oxfam GB. He managed a team delivering high profile research in support of Oxfam's global campaigns. He worked towards building the capacity of the whole organisation to deliver high quality, and high impact research in countries where Oxfam works; including developing an internal community of research, creating high profile collaborations and securing significant funding. Ricardo also played a key role in shaping the intellectual leadership of Oxfam on the challenges facing development.

Prior to joining Oxfam, he worked with UNDP where he recently led the production of the first Africa Human Development Report. He co-authored several global Human Development Reports as well as the World Bank's World Development Report 2010 and is currently collaborating with the new assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before joining UNDP, he worked in the Ministry of Social Development in Mexico and the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Women's rally in Uttar Pradesh, India. Credit: Rajendra Shaw/Oxfam

Working for the few: private power over democracy

Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. Our new briefing calls for the world leaders meeting in Davos this week to counter...

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How do the rich get richer? Tax rates and the top 1 percent

In the week before we launch our new paper on austerity, Ricardo Fuentes Nieva reveals that the richest in the US and the UK have paid a lower marginal tax rate over the last three decades and that...

Entire families live alongside their livestock in the Parwan-e-duo slum, Kabul, Afghanistan, just metres away from the gleaming buildings and other 'signs' of wealth and progress. Credit: Jason P. Howe

Merit, privilege or Slumdog Millionaires? Income inequality and social mobility

It would be nice to believe that anyone can escape poverty through sheer hard work but, as Oxfam's Head of Research  Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva explains, social mobility is far from perfect.   ...

Twisted rules and land deals

If you had bags full of money and wanted to buy land, where would you go for a good deal? If you're only looking for ways to make a good profit and control your risk exposure, surely you would...