More than 86 percent of people living in the camps in the Delmas area of Port-au-Prince say that they are unable to leave these tent cities because they cannot afford to pay rent, according to a survey commissioned by international agency Oxfam*. Read the full briefing note.
"Poor countries came to Doha facing a climate ‘fiscal cliff’, and at the end of these talks they are now left hanging by their fingertips off the edge," stated Celine Charveriat, Oxfam International Director of Campaigns and Advocacy.
"The reality is that this year, people in rich and poor countries experienced the full force of climate change. Extreme heat waves, drought and storms hit people’s livelihoods, lives and the environment on which they depend. The gap between this reality and the political commitment to address climate change is just too large."
“Developing countries are heading towards a climate ‘fiscal cliff’ without any certainty about how they will be supported to adapt to climate change after 2012 draws to a close,” said Tim Gore, Oxfam International climate change policy advisor.
According to Oxfam, Congolese civilians are not only suffering violent abuse on a massive scale—including rape, kidnap and murder—but are also being subjected to an unprecedented level of financial exploitation, as belligerents loot and extort illegal taxes in their battle for control.
A group of 38 aid and development agencies today urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in order to protect civilian lives and infrastructure and prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged military confrontation.
November 19-30, Oxfam will be hosting an online discussion about how to achieve food justice for women. The purpose is to reframe the discourse on food security from the perspective of women’s rights and women’s agency. Rather than critique the current state of affairs, the discussion will seek to generate bold proposals for building a collective agenda to advance gender justice within the food system.
“Sandy left Cuba at Banes in Holguin, the same point where hurricane Ike hit the country in 2008 and near the well know beach of Guardalavaca where thousands of Canadians spend their holidays each year,” Beat Schmid, Oxfam country director in Cuba said. “We hope Canadians show in this difficult moments their solidarity with the affected people. Oxfam wants to rebuild 800 roofs in Cuba at a cost of $1,200 CAD each. With your help we can do it and Cuban people will appreciate it."
Robert Fox is in Central America, visiting Oxfam Canada partners. He's blogging about the inspirational women and organizations that are changing the lives and livelihoods of their communities.
On October 4, 2012, residents of Totonicapán, K’iche’ citizens of Guatemala, shut down the Inter-American Highway to protest against a hike in electricity rates, a series of constitutional reforms that indigenous peoples were not consulted about and the threat of restrictions on access to education in rural areas through a proposed change to the teaching curriculum. The day ended with confrontation between the protesters and State security forces, leaving more than 40 peoples injured and Santos Hernández Menchú, José Eusebio Puac Baquiax, Arturo Félix Sapón Yax, Jesús Baltasar Caxaj Puac, Jesús Francisco Puac Ordóñez, Rafael Nicolás Batz, Domingo Pascual Solís, and Jesús Domingo Caniz murdered.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund must step up their support for developing countries who are struggling with volatile food prices along with the fallout from Europe’s fiscal crisis, international agency Oxfam said ahead of the annual meeting of the institutions in Tokyo this week.
“Too often, land deals involve mass evictions of poor families, sometimes violently, without consultation or compensation.” Oxfam urges World Bank to freeze land deals and champion an end to land grabs by all investors. Our Land, Our Lives: Time out on the global land rush.