Oxfam International

Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam works directly with communities and that seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Drought Pushes 23 Million East Africans Toward Severe Hunger as Rains Fail for Fifth Year
More than 23 million people are being pushed towards severe hunger and destitution across East Africa, international aid agency Oxfam warned today, as it launched an emergency appeal to raise $15 million. A severe and persistent five-year drought, deepened by climate change, is now stretching across seven countries in the region and exacting a heavy human toll, made worse by high food prices and violent conflict. The worst affected countries are Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda. Other countries hit are Sudan, Djibouti and Tanzania.
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Flooding in the Philippines Highlights Urgency of Climate Leadership
The worst flooding the Philippines has seen in decades highlights the urgent need for US leadership to push UN climate change negotiations in Bangkok forward to help ensure the best chance of securing a global climate treaty in Copenhagen. In the Philippines, with many dead and 330,000 displaced by flooding in Manila, climate-related factors are blamed for an increased burden on the health budget, which is struggling to keep up with increased cases of nutritional deficiencies and diseases such as dengue, malaria and cholera.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
100 People Every Minute Pushed Into Poverty by Economic Crisis
The G20 should take urgent action to protect poor countries from economic crisis that is forcing 100 people-a-minute into poverty, Oxfam said today. Developing countries across the globe are struggling to respond to the global recession that continues to slash incomes, destroy jobs and has helped push the total number of hungry people in the world above 1 billion. The economic crisis arrived as poor countries were already struggling to cope high food prices and floods, droughts and food shortages linked to climate change.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Global Business Must Be United in Pushing for an Ambitious Climate Change Deal
Big business is maneuvering to increase its influence on international climate change negotiations which could make the difference between an ambitious UN deal in December and a fatally flawed one, says international agency Oxfam. Two influential international business lobby groups will issue separate and, Oxfam fears, potentially contradictory calls today (Sept 22), the day President Obama gives a key speech in New York on climate change.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Rich Countries Must Not Raid Aid to Pay Climate Debt
A new Oxfam report has today warned that at least 4.5 million children could die unless world leaders deliver additional funds to help poor countries fight the growing impact of climate change, rather than diverting it from existing aid promises.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Too Poor to Pay: Over Sixty Organizations Call on World Leaders to Make Free Healthcare a Reality for Millions
Failure to provide free public healthcare in poor countries means that millions of people are paying with their lives, according to a research report published today by a group of 62 NGOs and health unions. The report, " Your Money or Your Life , " says that half a million pregnant women die each year because they do not have access to healthcare and people are facing abuses such as being imprisoned in clinics, because they cannot pay doctors fees.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Europe’s Climate Offer Would Rob Tomorrow's Hospitals and Schools in Poor Countries
The European Commission published its paper on climate financing today ahead of the Copenhagen summit in December. Elise Ford, head of Oxfam International's EU office, said: "We welcome the European Commission's intentions to break the deadlock in global climate talks by moving first. Putting climate financing figures on the table is a necessary first step to open up meaningful negotiations."
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Kenya Threatened by New Urban Disaster
Kenya is facing a new urban timebomb, with millions of Nairobi residents suffering a daily struggle for food and water as the divide between rich and poor widens, international aid agency Oxfam warned in a new report today. A combination of falling household income, rising prices, and poor governance is making life a misery for the poor majority in Kenya's capital, the report on ‘Urban Poverty and Vulnerability in Kenya' said.
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Oxfam International Demands Zero-Tolerance Toward Sex Crimes Committed in the Colombian conflict
International aid agency Oxfam today called for “zero-tolerance” toward sexual violence committed by all armed groups in Colombia. Thousands of women have been raped and sexually abused during the armed conflict, but the vast majority of perpetrators are not held to account for their crimes.
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Friday, September 04, 2009
$280 Billion Bailout for Poor Need Not Cost Ordinary Taxpayers Any More Money
G20 finance ministers meeting in London this weekend should provide a $280 billion bailout for millions of poor people struggling to survive the economic crisis, Oxfam said today.
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