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The first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul successfully brought together a dynamic mix of people who made progress on improving the humanitarian system - but ultimately it was world leaders who dodged their responsibility to protect civilians from the ongoing suffering of wars and natural disasters.
El Niño is a crisis of global proportions, seriously affecting 60 million people around the world, yet it is not getting international attention and there remains a huge funding gap of nearly $1.8bn. The appointment of Mary Robinson and Macharia Kamau as Special Envoys for El Niño by the UN is an encouraging step.
The package of measures announced by governments attending the anti-corruption summit in London today will not stop tax cheats, said Oxfam. Politicians from over 40 countries, along with World Bank and IMF representatives, attended the conference.
The Dutch Development Finance Company (FMO) and Finland’s Finnfund, two of the development banks backing the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in Honduras, yesterday announced they would seek an exit to their involvement in the project. Today’s announcements are important in bringing us one step closer to finally shutting down the tainted Agua Zarca project.
The publication of the Panama Papers database is a significant blow against tax dodgers but the public should not have to rely on whistleblowers to expose tax cheats, said Oxfam today. Oxfam is calling on politicians gathering in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit on 12 May to end the secrecy that enables companies and wealthy individuals to avoid paying their fair share of tax.
The return of South Sudan’s opposition leader, Riek Machar, to Juba is a positive step towards the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity that could bring an end to the country's dire humanitarian crisis.
All charges against Antoine Deltour, the #LuxLeaks whistleblower who exposed secret deals that enabled multinational companies to avoid paying billions of dollars in tax, should be dropped, s
This global tax platform represents a step in a long road towards building a fairer and more transparent global tax system. The platform must be able to deliver tangible results and combat inequality, but most importantly, it must give the poorest countries a voice.
Oxfam has deployed a three-person expert assessment team from the region to determine how it will respond to the major earthquake that struck on the evening of 16 April.
“Today’s so-called ‘hammer blow’ against tax cheats misses. If the proposed registry of beneficial owners of companies and trusts is hidden from the public, how can we know who is hiding their profits and fortunes and trying to avoid paying their fair share?" said Susana Ruiz, Oxfam's tax policy expert.