With the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings wrapping up, Nadia Daar, the head of Oxfam International’s Washington office commented on the week’s events, including developments on inequality, climate change, and tax policy.
An Oxfam analysis of policies and public investments in six countries shows that women farmers are not getting the resources they need to feed their families and communities and adapt to climate change.
Oxfam conducted research on government and donor investments in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania. It found that governments and donors are failing to provide women farmers with relevant and adequate support for farming and adapting to climate change.
New United Nations numbers show hunger affecting 11 percent of the world’s population.
What can we learn about resilience by examining completed resilience, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation projects? Oxfam conducted three such case studies in Bolivia, Colombia, and Fiji, looking at the conditions required for successful resilient development as well as issues around timing and duration.
Heavy monsoon rains have caused intense flooding in the South Asian nations of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. 1,200 people have died so far and it is estimated that 43 million people have been affected across the region. Oxfam is responding but the situation is likely to worsen in the coming weeks. We need your help.
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"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.