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The opportunity of a generation: Ending extreme inequality

17 July, 2014 - 14:24

It could be the opportunity of a generation.

The world can be proud of the progress made towards ending poverty - as I see for myself when I visit the toughest places, the cynics have been proven wrong by successful efforts to combat disease, to increase access to drinking water sources, and to get girls into school. But, as Oxfam witnesses in work on the ground, and as the expert number-crunchers attest, the completion of this progress is now jeopardized by extreme inequality. 

Living through the Gaza airstrikes

14 July, 2014 - 13:22

People keep asking me how the situation in Gaza is right now, and I don't know how to begin describing it. Scary. Dangerous. Confusing. So many emotions. 

The airstrikes happen everywhere, anytime, day and night. At night is the most difficult time. The bombing intensifies and I can feel it getting closer and closer. I'm exhausted but I try and force myself not to fall asleep... the explosions are even scarier when they wake you up.  I prefer to be awake when they strike. 

South Sudan at 3: A tenuous shelter behind razor wire

9 July, 2014 - 01:00

Today marks South Sudan’s third year of independence. But in the past seven months, the sense of unity that brought its people together in 2011 has been lost, pushing 1.5 million from their homes and forcing many to live in appalling conditions.

Make a Big Noise for Climate Action

7 July, 2014 - 10:21
Join 24 hours of global action and send a big noise online to Kellogg and General Mills!

Can you hear that? Oxfam supporters have taken over half a million actions to get companies to improve their policies on land, gender, and climate change. Doesn’t it sound like music to your ears? Now together we need to act again.

What’s really in your morning bowl of cereal?

1 July, 2014 - 08:00

Palm oil is everywhere, in food and everyday items you don’t even realize. It’s in your morning bowl of cereal, your afternoon biscuits, your dinner pizza, in soap and even in the biodiesel that fuels your car. And sadly, in many places, it comes with human and environmental costs.

To find out why, I recently joined an Oxfam field trip to Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer. We wanted to talk to those affected by big palm oil plantations.

The Robin Hood Tax: A Lifeline for Global Education

26 June, 2014 - 15:33

If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.  It’s a startling fact, and one that demonstrates the importance of getting children in the world’s poorest countries into school and learning

‘Have faith in Syrian women. We can do anything.’

25 June, 2014 - 15:03

Jenny Enarsson, Oxfam's Syria crisis response gender advisor, explains why including Syria's women in negotiations is critical for the peace process.

Football for peace: World Cup fever helps bridge barriers for South Sudanese refugees

23 June, 2014 - 16:38

As countries from all over compete for the World Cup title in Brazil, a different kind of tournament is taking place in northern Uganda. There, in the districts of Arua and Adjumani, young South Sudanese refugees have formed football teams to play for peace.

“I never expected to end up in such a situation. I miss Bor, school and my friends,” says 18-year-old Manyangson Ngong, the captain of the Lucky Start team from Ayilo settlement. His studies in Bor were cut short at the start of the conflict that has left many fleeing for safety.

World needs to get off the bench and get in the game on resolving conflict in Africa

23 June, 2014 - 00:01

As famous footballers from across the globe are competing for the World Cup in Brazil, millions of fans from Africa are among the 3.2 billion tuning in to watch the competition. Football-enthused African children are also glued to their TVs, dreaming of World Cup glory.

The golden goal of a lifetime: 5 step plan for Jose Mourinho to help beat hunger

21 June, 2014 - 09:45

Jose Mourinho has the opportunity to score the golden goal of a lifetime! Is he ready to take his game through a 5 step plan to beat the keeper and score against hunger?

Jose Mourinho’s new role is probably the most meaningful of his life time. As the new UN Global Ambassador Against Hunger he has an opportunity to score against climate change - the single biggest threat to beating hunger.