Washington DC Office

Washington DC

Media Reaction | 10 April 2014
Oxfam's Nicolas Mombrial said: “The IMF and World Bank have admitted the dangers of skyrocketing inequality, but they’re not showing any concrete signs of dealing with the problem. On the IMF “...
Press Release | 9 April 2014
Global wealth inequality threatens economic and social viability Following Oxfam’s January report revealing that just 85 people owned the same wealth as the bottom half the world’s population, Forbes...
Following Oxfam’s January report revealing that just 85 people owned the same wealth as the bottom half the world’s population, Forbes has updated its “billionaires' list”, showing that extreme inequality has worsened– just 67 people at the top now own half the wealth.
Media Reaction | 1 April 2014
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a series of measures aimed at strengthening the World Bank Group to better meet the evolving needs of clients, including a $100 billion...
Press Release | 22 January 2014
The World Bank has been forced to backtrack on a controversial investment in Corporación Dinant, a palm oil company implicated in serious human rights abuses in Honduras. Following the January 10th...
The World Bank has been forced to backtrack on a controversial investment in Corporación Dinant, a palm oil company implicated in serious human rights abuses in Honduras. The Bank’s private-sector lending arm the International Finance Corporation (IFC) today admitted errors and promised to ‘refine’ its action plan and ‘reflect on’ internal problems that led to mistakes.
Media Reaction | 14 January 2014
The United States Congress has failed to adopt funding measures for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), thwarting quota and governance reforms that were agreed by the majority of the Fund’s...

Oxfam International’s International Financial Institutions advocacy office in Washington D.C (focused primarily on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund) works to influence key decision-makers to ensure that these organizations provide more and better financing and advice to help poor countries to overcome poverty.

The office works to persuade the World Bank to be more poverty focused, aim to fight inequality, ensure universal access to essential services (particularly health and education);  to fight effectively against climate change; and to ensure that there is better investment in agriculture in developing countries and better policies on land.

We also aim to promote more participatory, transparent and accountable decision-making, from the country level up to the Bank and Fund Boards.

The IFI office works together with Oxfam’s seventeen affiliates around the world. We also join forces with allied NGOs and civil society organizations.