A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
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Every year 100 million people are pushed into poverty as they have to pay out of pocket for healthcare. What today’s decision means is that we will now be able to count the cost of paying for healthcare for households around the world.
Oxfam says the $2.2 billion pledged at Thursday's Brussels donor meeting for Central African Republic needs to be released now if it is to have real impact.
The budget deal struck by EU governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission promises more funds for the EU’s external action, but diverts money from those most in need, warn development and humanitarian organizations.
The criteria adopted by EU Finance Ministers for screening countries over tax abuse will be of little to no use in ending the era of tax havens.
The true scandal is that most of the schemes used by BASF are legal, and a consequence of fierce tax competition between EU member states, says Oxfam in reaction to the Greens/EFA group report on aggressive tax planning practices of German chemical giant BASF.
Despite some advances, progress towards meeting aid and development effectiveness targets is flat-lining, according to a report published by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Development NGOs Oxfam, ONE and Plan international welcomed a European Parliament vote to reject proposed cuts and to increase of the EU's external spending, supporting for the fight to end extreme poverty.
Today the European Commission released its fourth package to combat tax evasion and tax avoidance. This corporate tax reform package notably includes a proposal to harmonize the tax base among EU 28 member states. Oxfam supports the ongoing efforts of the European Commission to reopen discussions on tax base harmonization and to push ahead in the fight against tax avoidance.
Failure to establish genuinely safe routes, prevent the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and considerably scale up the humanitarian response could lead to catastrophic consequences for Mosul’s children and their families, as well as Iraq’s future.