Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oxfam book launch

From Poverty to Power is the latest of Oxfam’s flagship studies on the state of global poverty. Written by Oxfam Great Britain’s Head of Research Duncan Green, it draws on Oxfam’s experience of working in more than 100 countries around the world, and provides insight into the massive costs of inequality and poverty, proposing real solutions.

Our unequal world
We live in a world of staggering inequality. The richest 500 people in the world earn more than the poorest 416 million people. One in six of the world’s people lead lives blighted by poverty, hunger, disease, and anxiety over what tomorrow may bring. More shocking still: there is enough to go around.
From Poverty to Power not only provides critical insights into the massive human and economic costs of inequality and poverty, and proposes realistic solutions. It argues the need for a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets to break the cycle of poverty and inequality and to give poor people power over their own destinies – and leaders, organisations, and individuals need to act together, while there is still time.

Election debate
With an election coming up, this book represents a challenge to all of us, to update our thinking about New Zealand’s role in the world. With sound policies we can avoid hurting poor and vulnerable people, and instead make a positive contribution towards supporting rights and opportunities for all.
In the run up to the election, Oxfam will be raising these issues with politicians, and we encourage you to also raise them with your local candidate.
As part of his visit to New Zealand, Duncan Green will be meeting with key Labour and National politicians to try to influence future government policy.

Duncan Green will be here in New Zealand and holding discussion forums in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton from September 1-3. Forums are open and free to all.

Wellington -- September 1
12:00-2:00pm Centre for Global Action, James Smith Building, cnr Cuba and Manners St

Hamilton -- September 2
12:00-1:30pm Hosted by Waikato University School of Management (Room MSB.1.01)

Auckland -- September 3
7:00-9:00pm University of Auckland (Room 029, Clocktower Bldg, 22 Princes St). Hosted by Centre of Continuing Education and Oxfam

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