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Date: Apr 2013

11 Articles

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People gather around destroyed buildings following an attack of jet fighters in Al-Wakalat street, the Al-Sukkari quarter, Aleppo, Syria, 07 April 2013. EPA/LUAY ABU AL-JOUD

Syria: the world must unite

The human cost of Syria's conflict has risen beyond all expectations. There are already more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Inside Syria itself, 6.8 million people...

Housing for the upper middle class rises above the shacks of the rag picker community in Shanti Busti, Lucknow, India. Credit: Tom Pietrasik/ Oxfam

Why inequality matters

Inequality impacts on the welfare of us all. It affects everything, including social cohesion, the economy, politics, gender relations, environmental concerns and sustainability. NGOs ignore inequality...

Comfort Adeniyi, a cocoa farmer, on her farm in Ayetoro-Ijesa in southwest Nigeria. Photo: George Osodi/Panos for Oxfam America

You spoke and companies listened

Less than two months ago, Oxfam called on the three largest chocolate companies to do more for the women who grow the cocoa used in Oreos, M&Ms and Crunch bars, to name just a few....

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.   ...

The World Bank and land grabs

At the beginning of its Land and Poverty Conference this week, the World Bank Group put out a statement on land that follows many months - and in some cases years - of campaigning...

Wage ladder – what’s next?

The worldwide garment industry produces enormous wealth - surely workers can share in these gains? A question posed by today's guest blogger, Ivo Spauwen of the Fair Wear Foundation, who writes...

Tatu in Tanzania, a female food hero finalist in 2012, harvesting potatoes that she sells, along with other vegetables, in the city of Dar es Salaam some 350kms away

Broken promises: rural women hit hardest by corporate land deals

Tatu in Tanzania, a female food hero finalist in 2012, harvesting potatoes that she sells, along with other vegetables, in the city of Dar es Salaam some 350kms away. Small-scale...

Shea nuts, women's collective action in Mali

Transformational change for women and their communities in Mali

We recently launched the findings from our three-year research project into Women's Collective Action in agricultural markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Following blogs on reaching marginalised...

Speaking up for the most vulnerable in Britain is not “out of touch”

The April Fool's Day welfare changes are no joke. They are a serious threat to those living in poverty in the UK. Katherine Trebeck, Research and Policy Adviser for Oxfam's UK Poverty programme,...

The Upper Nile refugee crisis - a view from the ground

For its size, the humanitarian response to the Upper Nile State refugee crisis was one of the most expensive in the world,  but what did it look like on the ground? Away from the chaos of flooding...