Thinking with Karl Marx on his 200th birthday means recognising the importance of thought.
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Regulation adds operational costs that are often inefficient to the delivery of services, or even completely unnecessary.
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Oxfam is not the first charity to be drawn into a high profile scandal. If it is to survive it needs draw on its core ideals.
The global economy enables a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people struggle to survive on low wages, according to an Oxfam report.
The rich have to be taxed more and the poor need to be paid more, according to Oxfam International head of inequality policy Max Lawson.
Children in disaster zones are often highly vulnerable.
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Shocking allegations of abuse by Oxfam aid workers in Haiti are testament to how badly the aid sector needs deep, systemic reform.
Oxfam: under pressure.
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Power imbalances and inequality lie at the heart of the international development industry. But the Oxfam scandal shows that organisations mustn't succumb to it.
A brother and sister take shelter from aerial attacks in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan.
The world has turned its back on the Nuba people of Sudan. Despite the critical need for food, none of the organisations involved in helping people in dire need have attempted to deliver aid to them.
Oxfam’s efforts to find solutions to the world's inequalities are welcome but its wrongful use of “human economy” and repackaging it as a concept from high up might do more harm than good.
World view from Davos.
Oxfam is right to highlight disparities in wealth.
According to Oxfam these eight men have as much wealth as 50% of the world.
According to the latest Oxfam report, the richest eight people in the world are as wealthy as the bottom 50% of the world's population. But let's scrutinise these numbers a bit more.
Gold miners appear after being trapped underground at a mine in Carltonville, west of Johannesburg. Managing their safety has been a major issue as South Africa has among the deepest and most dangerous mines.
When sociologists, driven by their value commitments, go beyond the relative comfort of the classroom and engage with organisations outside the university, they dirty their hands.
Mansa Musa: richer than “anyone can decribe”.
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Oxfam's latest report says that the richest 62 people own as much as the poorest 3.6 billion. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Subsistence fisherwomen in Vietnam, working on a beach owned by a luxury hotel.
Oxfam's report shows that as the gap between rich and poor grows, other inequalities are also on the rise.
We need to bear a few things in mind before we listen too closely to Oxfam.
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