"The needs of the poorest were an afterthought. Despite the anger of many on the streets at the growing divide between the rich and poor, the G20 could only muster a tepid set of policies to tackle poverty and inequality," said Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam’s director of advocacy and campaigns.
Plus, three other critical questions ahead of Friday’s G20 summit.
A severe drought has left 7.8 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. These numbers are likely to rise in the coming weeks. Oxfam is supplying clean water to communities in the Somali region, which is proving to be a lifeline for people affected by the drought.
An Oxfam analysis of more than 7,500 EU-funded projects reveals a significant lack of transparency in reporting, casting doubt on the accountability of the EU’s aid. Based on the reported data, only a small portion of the EU’s agricultural development aid complies with the aim of targeting small-scale producers and women.
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be a major new funder of infrastructure in developing Asia. This report sets out a vision for an AIIB partnership with the region’s most climate-vulnerable countries that could forge a new path of economic development.
G7 leaders in Taormina fail to tackle famine or the challenges of migration. President Trump, more than anyone else, blocked agreement on many of these key concerns that affect millions of the world’s poorest people.
G7 leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, this week should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths.
There is growing scientific analysis suggesting that the impacts of current and recent droughts in East Africa are likely to have been aggravated by climate change. Without global efforts to reduce emissions and to help the world’s poorest people cope with the effects of climate change, this crisis will continue to repeat itself.
For many people in East Africa, the current drought is the worst in living memory. Nomadic pastoralists are among the hardest hit. Their livestock is completely wiped out, meaning they have no means to feed themselves. In eastern Somaliland, Oxfam witnessed entire communities on the move, desperately searching for water and pasture.
Climate change is not a distant, future threat. Right now, it is helping fuel a massive crisis in the Horn of Africa region. Nearly 11 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya face terrifying food shortages, due to a catastrophic drought that has killed off crops and cattle. Urgent action is needed now.