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Concrete Action Needed This Week from the World Bank and IMF to Combat Inequality

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

At this week's annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the topic of inequality is buzzing. And rightly so given that extreme economic inequality is one of the largest barriers to ending extreme poverty.

A Way of Life at Risk on the Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that oil is still there, and will be for years to come.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

100,000 Musicians Support Charities Through Music for Good

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

The charities love it, too. The musicians who choose to support them through Music for Good aren't just individual donors, they're megaphones through which the charity reaches fans and friends via the ReverbNation website, email and social media.

Low-Wage Latino Workers Just Want to Do the Right Thing

National Council of La Raza | Posted 12.09.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Want a reality check on today's employment situation? Ask someone making less than $50,000 per year.

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

Joshua Hersh

Promises, Promises: Donors Fail To Meet Pledges For Syrian Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- As the Syrian refugee crisis worsens in neighboring countries, the backlog of undelivered funds from donor countries, including the United S...

Dave Jamieson

'Disaster In The Making': Working Poor Losing Faith In Promise Of Mobility

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's working poor value the work they do and have high hopes for their children's futures -- even though most believe it's now easi...

Solar Power Is Making Camps Safer For Refugees

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact

An international relief organization is using solar power to help create a safer environment for thousands of refugees. Oxfam International, a conf...

Celeb Chefs Trying To Raise Hunger Awareness Barred From Haiti Market

AP | TRENTON DANIEL | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact

KENSCOFF, Haiti -- Two celebrity chefs from the U.S. got a cool reception in Haiti Tuesday as the mayor of a town outside the capital blocked them fro...

Twenty Athletes Who Are Changing the Way We Eat

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.29.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Athletes are acutely aware of the power that food has over the human body. When they're not training or competing, many of them are doing their part to make sure that no one is limited by hunger, malnutrition, or obesity-related health problems.

Groups Fight White House's Push For Biggest Change In Years

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - A White House plan to modernize the major U.S. food aid program, by donating cash rat...

Fighting for Family Farmers

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Family farmers have been and will always continue to be critical to national and global food security. Food Tank will be featuring posts focused on the issues and innovations critical to family farmers around the world, as well as actions everyone can take to support them.

For Better Food, We Need Better Business

Sea to Table | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Sea to Table

Business has to change if we want the food system to change, and it's time that all food businesses were held accountable.

As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.

New Scorecard Creates Damning Picture Of World's Largest Food Companies

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business

After 18 months of research, Oxfam America, an organization that aims to reduce poverty and injustice worldwide, has released a new report and launche...

Sending Clowns

Sam Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Sam Lee

In 2008, I bumped into two clowns on a rooftop in India and was both surprised and intrigued when they announced they were from an organization called Clowns without Borders.

As Not Seen on TV: BP Fails to "Measure Up" on Promises to Gulf Coast

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

With less than seven percent of this initial commitment to the Gulf Coast met, it's fair to say BP must do a better job of working fairly with the state and federal trustee to move projects forward.

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to spe...

Instagram Your Meal To Raise Awareness For World Food Day!

Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact

As we raise awareness and mobilize for the nearly 900 million hungry people worldwide on World Food Day, one organization wants to make a difference w...

Creating Savings and Investing Groups in the Inner City

Keith Weigelt | Posted 09.13.2012 | Impact
Keith Weigelt

Micro-saving groups are widely used in Africa to increase the wealth of the very poor. Working with Oxfam America we adapted the concept to the U.S. urban market.

SLIDESHOW: 7 Graduation Gifts That Give Back

Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact

This graduation season, skip the typical check or gift card and give a present with more meaning. Instill in your grad a sense of social responsibi...

Two Years Later: New Partnership for People and Nature in the Gulf

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

I am proud to announce The Nature Conservancy's new partnership with Oxfam America in the Gulf of Mexico. We aim to show that environmental restoration is the foundation for lasting economic security for Gulf Coast communities.

Recognizing Women, the Changemakers

Birute Regine | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Birute Regine

International Women's Day is also an opportunity for women to come together and realize their collective power to create change in their homes, their neighborhoods, their communities and in the world.

Senegalese Legend Baaba Maal in Mauritania: "The World Needs to React"

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

During a visit to the Gorgol region of Mauritania, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal discovered the harsh reality for communities affected by a food crisis that now touches one in four people across the country.