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85 ‘global elites’ as wealthy as half of the world’s population: Oxfam

As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims that growing inequality has been driven by a ‘power grab’ by wealthy elites The world’s wealthiest people aren’t known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe –…

Oxfam warns: Austerity threatening to impoverish 25 million more Europeans

Up to 25 million more Europeans are at risk of sinking into poverty by 2025 if governments push on with austerity measures, international aid agency Oxfam warned Wednesday, calling such policies “moral and economic nonsense”. “Europe’s handling of the economic crisis threatens to roll-back decades of social rights,” said Natalia…

Austerity cuts in aid to developing countries puts lives at risk: Oxfam

Faced with austerity budgets rich nations cut aid to developing countries by 2.7 percent last year, the OECD says, with aid group Oxfam warning this is putting lives at risk. The cut in development aid, the first for 14 years, looks likely to continue at a time when poor countries…

13 million people threatened by food crisis: Oxfam

DAKAR — About 13 million people living in west and central Africa face a major food crisis unless immediate action is taken, humanitarian group Oxfam warned Thursday. A dangerous combination of drought, high food prices, reduced harvests, poverty and conflict are driving an emerging crisis across several nations including Chad,…

Afghan women’s rights ‘at risk’ after war decade: Oxfam

Women’s rights in Afghanistan risk being forgotten as international troops withdraw and the government struggles for a peace deal 10 years after the Taliban were ousted, Oxfam said Monday. In a new report the NGO said women’s rights had improved in Afghanistan since the October 2001 US-led invasion, particularly access…

‘Perfect storm’ looms for world’s food supplies: Oxfam

PARIS (AFP) – Oxfam called on Tuesday for an overhaul of the world’s food system, warning that in a couple of decades, millions more people would be gripped by hunger due to population growth and climate-hit harvests. A “broken food system” means that the price of some staples will more…

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