Day 75: Oxfam-America
Oxfam’s mission is to end poverty and injustice, but their campaigns speak to a higher level of social service. When disaster strikes, Oxfam’s worldwide network of partners is already on the scene, providing emergency assistance. Once the immediate danger has passed, Oxfam seeks out the root causes of crises and works to bring about lasting change. Looking at their current campaigns it’s incredible to see the work they are doing.
Climate Change: Oxfam seeks to create equitable solutions to the crisis, including greenhouse gas reduction and financial assistance for the most vulnerable communities.
Right to Know, Right to Decide: Poor communities often have no say in the extraction of resources from their land, and receive little information about these projects. Oxfam is calling on oil, gas, and mining companies to respect their rights and operate transparently.
Aid Reform: US foreign aid under-performs and often fails to reach the people who need it most. Oxfam seeks reform of US foreign aid to make it more efficient, more modern, and more focused on ending global poverty.
US Gulf Coast Recovery: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita spurred Oxfam America’s first relief and recovery effort in the US. Oxfam is working with local partners in the Gulf Coast to address the needs of the most vulnerable residents and communities.
Trade: Trade can reduce poverty, but only if the rules benefit poor people and developing countries. Oxfam is working to influence trade agreements and investment rules so that they address the asymmetries between rich and poor countries.
Access to Medicines: The poorest people often find vital drugs priced out of reach—despite promises from the WTO to make medicines affordable and available to all. Oxfam is asking governments and drug companies to make affordable medicine a reality.
Amount Donated: $5
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