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Raymond C. Offenheiser
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Raymond C. Offenheiser is the President of international relief and development organization Oxfam America. Oxfam America creates lasting solutions to poverty and injustice in more than 30 countries, and is the US affiliate of Oxfam International -- a confederation of 17 Oxfams, which collectively works in 120 countries.

With more than 30 years of international development experience as a field programmer, grant maker and executive in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States, Offenheiser is a recognized leader on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign policy and international development. He serves as a resource and frequent commentator in the media and before diverse public fora on such issues as foreign aid, global poverty, humanitarian relief, international agriculture, human rights, climate change, global trade policies and corporate social responsibility.

Entries by Raymond C. Offenheiser

Bankrupting a Nation -- Not the Best Way to Achieve Health Care

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:49 PM

This week, as the spring meetings are hosted by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., recent negligent and unaligned behavior from the World Bank's private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, has garnered attention.

As a means to improving healthcare in Lesotho,...

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The Private Sector and Poverty: Harnessing Firepower, Recognizing Limits

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Jobs, innovation, wealth creation: the private sector has great potential to pull people out of poverty. And as developing countries open their doors to greater trade and investment, the reach, influence and impact of private companies grows. It's this power to affect the lives of the poor people -- not...

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The Bitter Secret of Sugar

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 10:46 AM

Keo Chhorn, 63, is a father-of-six in south-western Cambodia. He and his wife worked the seven acres of land that have been in their family for 30 years to grow watermelon, rice and cashews, earning more than a thousand dollars a year and putting food on the table. That's until...

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Somalia's Lifeline Under Threat

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 8:34 AM

In the midst of Somalia's 2011 famine and its worst drought in decades, Oxfam's Somali partners called on us not to find more money for their emergency programs, but to raise alarm that the stream of money Somalis receive from family and friends abroad was in danger of drying up....

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New Oxfam Poll: Most Americans Believe We Should Help Working Poor

(23) Comments | Posted July 13, 2013 | 1:41 PM

As a global development organization, Oxfam has fought against poverty and economic injustice for 70 years in the world's poorest nations--but we increasingly believe that we have a moral obligation to fight poverty and injustice at home in the United States.

America's poverty rate is...

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365 Days of Jim Yong Kim

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 4:58 PM

In his first year at the helm of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim has put together a vision for wiping out extreme poverty and fighting inequality by 2030, begun to shift the Bank's health policy, and threw the Bank's influence behind ambitious efforts to combat climate change....

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Arms Trade Treaty: Myths and Realities

(14) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:21 PM

More than 150 countries are in New York at the United Nations finalizing negotiations for an international Arms Trade Treaty. The leadership of the National Rifle Association and their allies are mounting a campaign of lies and fear to build American opposition to the treaty, inaccurately arguing that the treaty...

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Behind the Brands

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Today's American supermarket carries more than 38,000 products, thousands of boxes of cereal, yogurt in every size and flavor, rows and rows of condiments and frozen food products that make your eyes glaze over.

It is easy to be struck by decision paralysis when faced with...

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Don't Cut Foreign Aid -- It's Working

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Washington is the world capital of buzzwords. As members of Congress huddle to work through our country's budgetary crisis, you undoubtedly will hear terms such as "job creators," "fiscal hawks," "beltway outsiders," and "venture capitalists."

You probably have a picture of these kinds of people: corporate titans, economic policy experts,...

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Setting the Table for the End of Hunger

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:46 PM

In recognition of World Food Day, we must -- for at least one minute -- think about the one in eight of us who will go to bed with an empty stomach tonight.

Yes, we have enough food on this planet to feed everyone, but...

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