By Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director of Oxfam International
Just imagine, looking back to a time when COVID-19 brought us together.
Leaders who united to overcome a health crisis also gained the courage to avert climate catastrophe. The unstoppable global movements of #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, climate strikers, workers, more, realized their calling. As they inevitably always would. Poverty fell. Ceasefires held. Politics became a process for dialogue not division. Out of the ashes of neoliberalism a new human economy was born.
That’s the hope.
“Nothing is impossible,” says 22-year-old Rohingya artist Enayet Khan, summing up his approach to life. Enayet spends his days painting inside his shelter at the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The camps are home to almost a million Rohingya refugees who fled horrific violence and persecution in Myanmar. Enayet’s shelter is one of hundreds of thousands, jostling for space in the hills just across the border. In his young life, Enayet has experienced more hardship than imaginable to most. He was eighteen years old when he arrived in Bangladesh with his parents and five siblings after walking for…
By Ioan Nemes, Private Sector Lead at Oxfam Novib
A quiet revolution has been taking place in the Dutch retail world during the past three weeks. We are now in the third year of Oxfam’s Behind the Barcode’s campaign, and within the space of less than three weeks from the launch of Oxfam Novib’s Not in This Together report on 22 July 2021, the three largest Dutch retailers Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Lidl Netherlands each published unprecedented commitments to support women workers and farmers in their supply chains. Through these commitments, the three supermarkets, representing more than two thirds of…
You may be a woman sorting seafood in Thailand. You may be one of the many key workers keeping the food industry going in challenging circumstances. You may be a shopper at a supermarket such as Walmart, Tesco or Aldi — perhaps one of the many who, like me, was grateful for the chance to see our community while shopping for groceries during lockdown.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how interwoven we are as a human family — be it relying on each other to stay safe or realizing that our economies depend on one another.
Gabriela Bucher is the Executive Director of Oxfam International and Michael Taylor is the Director of the International Land Coalition. Both organisations recently released new data on the state of land inequality: Uneven Ground: Land Inequalities at the Heart of Unequal Societies.
Land. It is a commodity like no other. We live on it. We grow from it. We drink from it and build our futures upon it. But — increasingly and frighteningly so — we don’t share it equally.
The distribution of land has long defined the gap between rich and poor. Now new data shows clearer than ever…
By Evelien van Roemburg, Head of Oxfam’s EU office
Macron’s recent announcement to end France’s military operations in the Sahel after the political turmoil in Chad and Mali show, once again, that the Sahel region is being pulled into a perilous downward spiral while Europe stands on the sidelines. This benevolent attitude where, on the one hand, President Macron is leaping to legitimise the military power in Chad and on the other hand, is threatening another military power in Mali contradicts the spirit of the new EU Sahel Strategy ―Europe’s roadmap to peace and stability in the Sahel. Allowing authoritarian…
By Nadia Daar, Head of Oxfam International’s Washington DC Office
In my last blog, I laid out why so many have been calling for a significant new issuance of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), a form of global currency that can be pumped into the global economy, with non-repayable allocations afforded to each International Monetary Fund (IMF) member country. Since February, things have progressed well and fairly undramatically on this subject. It is no longer a question of if we can agree on a new SDR issuance, but how to best use SDRs once they land in governments’ reserves.
To mark the killing of George Floyd in 2020 May, we asked three staff members from across the Oxfam Confederation to reflect on how they felt this moment last year and their thoughts on racial inequalities, globally and nationally.
Reflections from Kenya: views of Amina Hersi
What were your thoughts this time last year, when you heard or saw what had happened to George Floyd? Did it touch your life, and if so, how?
I refused to watch the video that was circulating of George Floyd’s murder. His murder happened during a spike in several femicides here in Kenya, in…
By Katie Malouf Bous, Oxfam International’s Senior Policy Advisor for Public Services and International Financial Institutions & Anna Marriott, Oxfam International’s Health Policy Manager.
While wealthy nations have been vaccinating their citizens at a rate of one person per second over the last month, the majority of developing countries have been unable to administer even a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Only three percent of people in these countries can hope to be vaccinated by mid-year, and only one fifth at best by the end of 2021.