Max Lawson
Max Lawson is Oxfam’s Head of Global Policy and Campaigns, working on humanitarian and conflict issues, financing for development, climate change and private sector and development.

Previously Max was Head of Development Finance and Public Service, leading Oxfam's policy work on development finance and on education and health. He studied at the University of Sussex in the UK, and lived and worked for three years in South Africa and then in Malawi.

Max has worked for Oxfam since 2002, firstly in policy support to country programmes, and then in advocacy and campaigns. As part of his country support he has visited and worked with over 25 country programmes across the world. He has experience in organisational development, tax, structural adjustment, aid quantity and quality, macro-economics, governance, agriculture policy, social protection, HIV and AIDS, health, education and water.

In his work for campaigns and advocacy, he has specialised in the World Bank and IMF (International Monetary Fund), and also on the G8 and G20. Max was heavily involved in the Make Poverty History campaign in 2005 and is currently playing a key role in the campaign for a Financial Transaction Tax, or the 'Robin Hood Tax'.

Entries by Max Lawson

My Friend Died Last Week - Tax Could Have Saved His Life

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:11 AM

My friend died last week. Mr Kumambala was a great man, who had taught mathematics to Malawi's children for more than forty years. His huge smile and loud gasps and gesturing on every topic are unforgettable. Being one of two black men to do his Masters in Hull in 1986:...

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Heads of IMF and World Bank Must Support a Global Goal to End Extreme Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Rapidly rising inequality will be high on the agenda at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington this week. Oxfam has been warning of the scale of the problem, a paper published ahead of Davos this year revealed that 85 people own the same wealth as...

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World's Wealthy One Percent Highlights Extreme Inequality

(14) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 8:00 PM

According to new figures out last week from Credit Suisse, the richest 1% of the world's population now owns nearly half of the entire world's wealth. That is worth repeating. One percent of the world's population own half of the world's wealth. Meanwhile, the poorest people on earth,...

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Europe Facing Austerity Winter That Could Last a Generation

(16) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Austerity in Europe is a huge mistake of historic proportions, and the poorest are being made to pay the highest price. Oxfam was set up in 1942 to speak out in favour of feeding starving people in Greece. To think we would be here over 70 years later bearing witness...

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Freedom From Fear

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 12:22 PM

One of the defining moments of last summer's Olympics was Danny Boyle's opening ceremony tribute to the National Health Service; a spectacle of performers dressed as Mary Poppins and acrobats in surgeons' scrubs doing cartwheels on giant luminous beds.

Boyle's extravaganza sent the clear message that free universal healthcare...

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The UK's Perfect Storm for Increased Poverty

(28) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Being poor in Britain in 2012 is brutal. You are more likely than not to come from a family where people are working, yet still despite your hard work, you cannot afford enough food to eat, or have to choose between heating your house and feeding your kids.

The last...

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