The Paraisópolis favela borders the affluent district of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Tuca Vieira

85 individuals have the same wealth as half the people on our planet. Such extreme economic inequality is standing in the way of ending global poverty, and widening other inequalities like the gap between women and men. It is time to Even it up!

Extreme inequality is the defining challenge of our time, but it is not inevitable, and can be tackled. Much can be done to even it up, and make the world a fairer place. Act now!

Oxfam presents new evidence that the gap between rich and poor is growing ever wider and is undermining poverty eradication. This report delves into the causes of the inequality crisis and looks at the concrete solutions that can overcome it.

One person in three in the world lives in poverty.

Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.

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Nyabuay tending her family's vegetable patch, Bor area, South Sudan. Photo: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam, May 2014

This Blog Action Day 2014, I ask: When we talk about economic inequality (the difference in wealth between the richest and the poorest) within a municipality, a country, a region or between different countries, why do these inequalities persist and increase? What can be done to change these imbalances?