Wal-Mart receives wooden spoon on workers’ rights

The International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) has released its latest Working for scrooge report, which exposes companies with some of the worst records on respecting freedom of association in 2011. Four companies were singled out for individual scrutiny because of their poor labour practices. Culprits include the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable producer, Dole […]

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Development for equality

Experiencing a bit of culture shock between Australia and Cambodia got me thinking about the concept of an equitable world; what is it and how can we make it happen?

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Banking on buffaloes: Met’s story

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Meet Yuh Met. An agricultural labourer and former soldier, Met (52) and his family live in Kandek village, Cambodia. They were among the first in their village to benefit from Oxfam’s buffalo bank program and, since receiving their gentle giant, they’ve gradually been able to turn their lives around. Before the buffalo Met will never […]

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Hunger calls in Africa’s Sahel region

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Late and irregular rainfall, followed by plagues of birds, locusts and other pests have decimated the harvests of poor farmers and made pasture scarce for herders. Cereal production in the five countries of the region is down by a quarter from last year and is well below the five-year average.

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Turkana by Night: dreams of past and future in Kenya

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Alejandro Chaskielberg travelled to Turkana, Kenya with Oxfam to take photographs using moonlight supplemented with artificial lighting, showing snapshots of everyday life. While he was there, he met Peter Abwell, a former pastoralist who became a fisherman before starting his own business. Peter’s shop is bustling with activity when we arrive. Clearly a central hub […]

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Haiti’s urban garden project: planting the seeds for a better future

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In one of Port-au-Prince’s most earthquake-damaged districts, Oxfam is helping find land for residents to grow their own vegetables. As this slide show indicates, the project is already paying off in many ways.

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A new way of life in Ethiopia

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Imagine if the lifestyle your family had led for generations was on the verge of extinction. Would you cling determinedly to the old ways or would you bite the bullet and make whatever changes were necessary to survive? Herding families in the southern Ethiopian village of Melka Guba were forced to make this decision. Years […]

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Reflections on Cambodia

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Cambodia is typically understood through a narrative of civil war, devastation and poverty, but this fails to capture the modern dynamics of the country. The less prominent stories are of those driving change in the country towards a more equitable future. Committed, passionate people throughout the country are pushing for a new deal – the […]

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Clean water saves lives: Bhoomy’s story

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Running water is one of those little things in life that we depend on without really considering. But stop and think for a minute: If you couldn’t turn the on tap, would you even know the location of your nearest water source? For Bhoomy Deungmarny the answer is the KaPanh River, about 400 metres from […]

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An economic lifeline for women in rural Haiti

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By Oxfam’s Humanitarian Press Officer, Caroline Gluck “Unemployment is the only thing we have here”, declared Dumel Deralus, smiling grimly as we sat in the shell of a concrete building that will soon be a new expanded home for the Organisation for Community Development in Thomazeau, (ODECT), an Oxfam partner working to improve economic and […]

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Life is bittersweet for Nestle workers

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The Nescafe factory in Panjang, Indonesia, has fired almost two thirds of the SBNIB union membership. According to the IUF the workers were fired after a breakdown in negotiations over wages. The Nescafe workers had struggled for five years before finally gaining recognition for their independent trade union in March this year. After such a […]

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Validity of environmental report questioned

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A report commissioned by the Lao Government to evaluate the Xayaburi Dam’s compliance with the Meekong River Commissions requirements has been labelled by opposition groups as a “greenwash”.

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Women Inspiring Change

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More than 5 million Indonesian women work in factories. Their wages are very low and they receive 30% less than their male counterparts. But many are actively trying to change this situation…

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Indonesian migrant worker advocate wins human rights award

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Workers’ rights advocate Anis Hidayah has received the Human Rights Watch Alison Des Forges Award for her tireless efforts to ensure justice and human rights for Indonesian migrant workers.

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The highs and lows of aid work

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I was recently on a trip with Barbara Stocking, the CEO of Oxfam Great Britain, who visited to see what was happening with Oxfam’s work in Cambodia. Travelling into the Northern provinces, we witnessed some highs and lows of development.

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Sneaky Business marches through Indonesia

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More than 240 people from around the world have joined Sneaky Business—an online march to demand workers’ rights in the footwear industry.

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Sneaky Business Toolkit

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Want to help promote a new global action in support of workers’ rights? The Sneaky Business toolkit provides you with everything you need.

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Abuse part of daily bread for Converse workers

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Women making Converse sneakers at the Pou Chen Group factory in Sukabumi have been kicked, slapped and taunted by their supervisors.

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Zara, European brands exploit workers in Bangladesh

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A new report shows that women producing for top European retailers, including Zara, are struggling to survive on poverty wages.

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My thoughts on democracy and protest

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As workers, getting our message or opinion across to multinational corporations can be difficult. This is what makes the role of protests so important…

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The Mekong River is under threat: media updates

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The Mekong River, one of the world’s last great wild rivers, is now under threat from the controversial proposal to build up to twelve dams along its lower reaches. The livelihood and survival of the millions of people and communities who live upon the Lower Mekong could be seriously in danger if the proposed dams […]

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Mechanical advantage: rice farming just got easier in Cambodia

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A new weeding tool for Cambodian rice farmers combined with innovative growing techniques leads to harvests double in size.

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Time for action! Oxfam delivers your messages to The Just Group

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In December last year Herald Sun investigations confirmed that home-based workers in Australia who sew labels such as Portmans and Jacqui-E work under poor conditions with wages as little as $2 an hour.

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