Odigie Akhator Joel, an activist and trade unionist, working at the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa)
In West Africa, while the number of Covid-19 infections have been lower than elsewhere, the immediate economic impact of the pandemic was staggering. In 2020 alone, the working hours lost corresponded to seven million jobs, mainly affecting women and people in vulnerable employment. Odigie Akhator...
Tantanon*cooking in the commune of Tori, neighborhood of Aklome in the south of Benin. Credit : Alokpa Kodjovi / Oxfam
While West African governments’ indifference towards inequality would be a tragedy at any time, it is more so during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is worsening inequality. In 2021, when COVID-19 infections are rising in West Africa, the critical support health and socioeconomic programmes put in...
Because of COVID-19, Florence and her husband have lost their jobs and eat only corn paste. Credit: Alokpa Kodjovi/ Oxfam
Austerity, spiraling debt and vaccine inequity will bring the inequality crisis tolevels never reached before, reveals new index. West African governments are planning to “slash and burn” their way out of COVID-19 induced economic loss, reveals new analysis from Oxfam and Development Finance...
Visual of the campaign against inequality in Burkina Faso
The fight against inequalities is a priority in view of the presidential elections in Burkina Faso (November 22) and Niger (December 27), thanks to the mobilization of civil society.
Peter Akmtter is a construction worker on one of the high-rise buildings shooting up in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He and many of the workers live with their families in makeshift houses on or close to the building-sites. Photo: Lotte Ærsøe/Oxfam
Oxfam in West Africa, July 9, 2019 - Oxfam's Commitment to Reduce Inequality (CRI) Index shows that West African governments are the least engaged across the continent in terms of reducing inequality. If they do nothing to radically strengthen their commitment to reduce inequality, the crisis is...
West African governments are least engaged in reducing inequality in Africa
Oxfam in West Africa, July 9, 2019 – Oxfam in West Africa and Development Finance International are launching the first-ever Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index (CRII) regional report. The index measures, compares and ranks West African governments’ commitment on 3 pillars: public spending,...
All West African countries are among the 30 poorest in the world (except Ghana)
Oxfam in West Africa, Dec. 9, 2019 – All West African countries, with exception of Ghana, are among the 30 poorest countries in the world, according to the latest Human Development Report (HDR) which this year focuses on inequality.
The 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than all the women in Africa
Oxfam in West Africa, Jan. 20, 2020. The world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population, reveals a new global report from Oxfam today ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
Yagana, a woman displaced by fear of Boko Haram in Niger, received a cash for grant from Oxfam and with this cash she started a small business for herself. Credit : Tom Saater / Oxfam
West Africa remains one of the poorest regions in the world where inequalities are growing and where governments are the least committed to reducing them on the African continent. The region has abundant but mismanaged resources. Corrupt state decision-makers and private actors voracious for raw...
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