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Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien became Vice President of Policy and Advocacy of Oxfam America in November 2009. Prior to that, he was the Director of Oxfam’s Aid Effectiveness team. Before joining Oxfam, Paul spent five years in Afghanistan where he advised the Senior Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan, and two Ministers of Finance on aid management, development planning and policy reform. Prior to that, he worked for CARE International as their Afghanistan Advocacy Coordinator and Africa Policy Advisor.

Previously, Paul was the President of the Echoing Green Foundation, which uses venture philanthropy principles to support social entrepreneurs, and a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya and the founder of the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan.

Paul has a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, and has published on humanitarian policy, human rights and emerging trends in development.

Entries by Paul O'Brien

Getting Real About Extreme Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 12:59 PM


Even It Up, Oxfam's global campaign to tackle extreme inequality, is one week old and full of life! A number of pictures and stories, videos, press coverage, and stunts, hint at what is...

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Is President Obama a Laggard or a Leader on Inequality?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Oxfam's analysis of State of the Union Addresses over the past 100 years shows no president has spoken less about inequality since the Great Depression. Will Obama change that tonight?


This post was co-written with Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Head of Research at Oxfam Great...

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World Bank Presidency Can't Be a Done Deal

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 4:08 PM

The global financial crisis threatens to erase years of progress in poor countries. By 2009, the crisis had already driven more than 50 million people into extreme poverty. The World Bank has therefore raised its lending to developing countries to unprecedented levels -- $57 billion in 2011, more than double...

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Capsized by the Rising Tide

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 10:39 AM

You've heard the old line about how a "rising tide lifts all boats?" In fact, the evidence shows that the "rising tide" of global economic growth is in fact lifting mostly yachts; meanwhile, a lot of people are getting dumped in the water.

Last week...

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Obama's New Plan to Fight Poverty Gets the Purpose Right

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 1:59 PM

President Obama used the gathering of world leaders in New York last week to announce the first-ever US Policy on Global Development, promising that, in the fight against global poverty, "the United States is changing the way we do business." The speech was a welcome down-payment on Obama's commitment to...

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