Closing the Gap in India

Today’s guest blogger Amit Sengupta of Oxfam India reports on a groundbreaking public debate on inequality that took place in New Dehli Townhall last October. Bridging the growing divide between the rich and the poor is as much a challenge today as reducing poverty. It is now clear that our focus must increasingly be on diminishing the […]

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Let’s Talk about Inequality

To create dialogue on inequality and social exclusion in India, Oxfam convened a townhall meeting on October 2013. The panelists who participated in the event were: Kiran Karnik – Chairman, Oxfam India Board Malvika Rai – President, FICCI Ladies Organization Gul Panag – Actor and Activist Pat Mclaughlin – Educational Advisor, British Council Prof. Amitabh Kundu […]

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ECSN-BRICSAM End of Year Reflection Meeting in Mexico City

On March 21, Oxfam Mexico and El Barzon convened an ECSN-BRICSAM End of Year Reflection Meeting with  leaders from 12 states (Baja California, Chiapas, Coahuila, D.F., Estado de México, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo) in Mexico City. The meeting addressed three key issues: 1. Overview of the first phase of the ECSN-BRICSAM program: […]

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1 Billion People May be Trapped in Extreme Poverty by 2030: The 2014-2015 Chronic Poverty Report

As the world decides on new global goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 3rd Chronic Poverty Report shines a light on the millions of people worldwide who are thought to be living in chronic poverty – the grinding and long-term poverty that scars their lives, and often the lives of their children. […]

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“The Poor, the Prosperous and the ‘Inbetweeners’: A Fresh Perspective on Global Society, Inequality and Growth”

The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC) recently published a working  paper that provides fresh perspectives on global society, inequality and growth. At its core, the working paper reveals new estimates of the evolution of inequality between and within countries and explores who have been the winners and losers from global growth since 1990. The paper […]

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Reducing inequality by focusing on food security

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (FAO. 2002. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2001. Rome.) As part of the ECSN-BRICSAM program, Oxfam is […]

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Using Social Media to Effect Meaningful Change

An effective communication strategy is key for civil society organizations (CSOs) to survive and be successful. Good organizational branding and positioning help CSOs attract potential staff, volunteers, donors and, of course, raise awareness of the need for change by reaching out to decision-makers and stakeholders who have the ability to make those changes happen. Many […]

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Does Increasing Public Investment in Access to Health Care Reduce Inequalities?

Focusing on four of the BRICSAM countries – Russia, India, China, and Indonesia – Oxfam and its partners will conduct a study with the hope of contributing evidence to the debate on how investment in public health services can reduce inequality – particularly economic inequality, gender and ethnic inequality and inequality in terms of access […]

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El Barzon promotes the Right to Food in Mexico

On April 29th, 2011 the Chamber of Deputies approved a constitutional reform that established the right to food in Mexico. The reform is a huge win for grassroots organizations (including El Barzón) that have fought for the right to food for over 16 years. Three years after the establishment of the Human Right to Food […]

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India: Moving towards equal opportunities for all?

“In India… we must aim at equality. That does not mean and cannot mean that everybody is physically or intellectually or spiritually equal or can be made so. But it does mean equal opportunities for all, and no political, economic, or social barriers.” Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India. Decades of rapid and unequally shared […]

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