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By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor When European development ministers meet on Tuesday (26 May) to decide how the EU will approach overseas aid for the next 15 years, they may find themselves surrounded by smoke and mirrors. Various myths swirl around how European countries can best fund international development – or how they… » read more

By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor The leadership of a handful of countries is masking the failure of the majority of European governments to deliver on their overseas aid promises, as shown today by new figures for overseas aid spending by EU-19 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In times of… » read more

By Hilary Jeune, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor The leadership of a handful of countries is masking the failure of the majority of European governments to deliver on their overseas aid promises, as shown today by new figures for overseas aid spending by EU-19 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In times of… » read more

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By Natalia Alonso, Oxfam’s Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns 2015 is a key year in the fight against poverty. This was set in place when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted in New York with an expiry date of 15 years. Now that time has come. Policies have been implemented, aims and objectives… » read more

By Hilal Elver, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and Olivier De Schutter, Honorary Advisor to Oxfam International and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. One in nine people are currently going hungry and more frequent extreme weather events are threatening food security. But an opportunity to change… » read more

By Sandra Dworack, Policy Advisor for Education at Oxfam Germany What has the potential to lift over 170 million people out of poverty by empowering people to claim their rights and hold their governments to account? What could cut the amount of people who contract HIV/AIDS in the next decade by seven million? What could… » read more

By Àngela Corbalán, Oxfam’s Head of EU Communications and Deputy Head of EU Office When the election results were finally announced in Greece on Sunday, they were just a formality. Exit polls confirmed what most had suspected long before votes began fluttering into the ballot boxes – that Syriza would sweep into power in Athens […]

By Àngela Corbalán & Paul Creeney Economic inequality is on the rise. Half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one per cent of the world’s population. In Europe, austerity policies across the continent designed to cut debt and stimulate growth could instead push the number of Europeans at risk of poverty up […]

By Natalia Alonso, Oxfam’s Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns As EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso addressed last week’s UN Climate Summit, it was difficult not to feel a sense of déjà vu. While claiming that the EU was ‘leading by example’ in the fight to cut carbon emissions, President Barosso merely reiterated previous […]

By Olivier De Schutter, Honorary Advisor to Oxfam International Discussions on curbing greenhouse gas emissions always seem to proceed excruciatingly slowly, as climate change is forever being brushed aside as a far off concern for a distant future. They fail time and again because politicians of all stripes pay more attention to the short-term horizon […]

Back to school

By Natalia Alonso, Oxfam’s Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns Here we are again. First week of September. Although this year’s rentréé will start with quite a few new EU faces. The women and men who take on the European Union’s ‘top jobs’ – three Presidents, one High Representative, and later the full team of […]

by Lies Craeynest, Oxfam’s EU climate expert It is a well-known fact that one of the industries most vulnerable to climate change is the food industry. Their long global supply chains – sourcing mainly from developing countries – as well as their dependency on agriculture make them particularly exposed to the impacts of extreme weather […]

By Natalia Alonso, Oxfam’s EU Head of Office The latest figures from the OECD seem promising but hide an uncomfortable truth. Donors have collectively increased their development aid spending, but most of Europe’s wealthiest governments still fail to meet promises designed to alleviate global poverty and slash economic inequality. Overall, the EU-19 contribution to overseas […]

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