• International Finance Corporation investment portfolio in financial intermediaries grows to $36 billion in four years – three times as much as World Bank global education lending – needs urgent reform

  • Total aid pledged at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, is less than half the amount needed this year to help people in desperate humanitarian need.

  • The number of people in need of assistance in Syria and surrounding countries increasing dramatically, while funding is not keeping up. Oxfam has calculated that nearly half of the world’s top donors didn’t give their fair share of aid to the Syria crisis in 2014, based on the size of their economies. On March 31, representatives from a number of governments will meet in Kuwait to determine their ongoing aid commitments.

  • Given that this was an unprecedented crisis it is not surprising those involved in the aid effort learnt as they went along. At Oxfam we struggled in the early part of the crisis to try to balance the need to protect our staff and deliver what people needed, and we had to adapt our work rapidly to help make a difference.

  • One of the most pervasive forms of inequality, in Canada and internationally, is gender inequality. In Canada, women still earn 20% less than their male peers. Globally, that it will take another 75 years to achieve equal pay for equal work. The destructive trend of growing inequality is not inevitable. It is entirely optional, the reflection of policy choices. The CCPA budget released today shows a path forward where inequality of all kinds would be substantively reduced.

  • Oxfam is on the ground in Vanuatu, assessing the damage and providing life-saving assistance. The first emergency was Cyclone Pam, disease could be the second emergency without clean water, sanitation and hygiene provision.

  • Oxfam Humanitarian Emergency responders are flying to Vanuatu this morning on an Australian Government plane, as the unconfirmed death toll in the small archipelago begins to climb and worse than worst case scenario unfolds. There are more than 100,000 people likely homeless, more than 90% of houses damaged in Port Vila alone, nearly every school destroyed, full evacuation centres, damage to health facilities and the morgue.

  • Stories of complete devastation are beginning to come out of Vanuatu in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Pam. After a last minute change of course to the west Cyclone Pam made a direct hit on Vanuatu last night, tearing through the archipelago with winds of up to 250kmh. Oxfam is now preparing to respond to what is likely one of the worst cyclones ever seen in the Pacific region.

  • Three of Canada’s largest humanitarian aid agencies, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision, today released a scathing critique of how the United Nations Security Council has failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria amid intensifying conflict four years after the start of the crisis.

  • “Today’s report on the impact of growing income inequality on Canada’s fiscal policy framework is another in a steady stream of studies and statistics that paint a picture of growing inequality around the world. As Oxfam’s January report indicated, we will soon live in a world where 1% of the richest people will have more wealth than the rest of humanity combined. In Canada, 10% of Canadians have more wealth than the bottom 70%."