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oxfam-hunger-virus-media-briefingThe hunger virus multiplies: deadly recipe of conflict, Covid-19 and climate accelerate world hunger

A year and a half since the pandemic began, deaths from hunger are outpacing the virus. Ongoing conflict, combined with the economic disruptions of the pandemic and an escalating climate crisis, has deepened poverty and catastrophic food insecurity in the world’s hunger hotspots and established strongholds in new epicentres of hunger.

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Information Disclosure & Grievance Mechanisms of the New Development Bank (NDB)

Information Disclosure & Grievance Mechanisms of the New Development Bank (NDB)

This briefing paper is an initial step towards understanding how one can apply South African legislation, policy and processes to NDB projects, given that NDB policies are directed toward the goal of using country systems. The paper specifically reviews which local frameworks relate to NDB projects in South Africa in terms of access to information, consultation, and grievance mechanisms.

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Illicit Financial Flows in the Mining Industry in South Africa Report

Illicit financial flows in the mining industry in South Africa

This study analyses the Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) in the South African mining sector with specific reference to transfer pricing (TP). The mining industry is one of the country’s key economic sectors with potential for substantial contribution to economic growth, job creation, transformation and infrastructure development, consistent with the government’s objectives of higher and more balanced economic and inclusive growth.

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Oxfam South Africa Extractives Industry Programme Formative Evaluation Report 2016 - 2020

Oxfam South Africa Extractives Industry Programme Formative Evaluation Report 2016 – 2020 

The formative evaluation was conducted to identify organization’s achievements and areas for future focus. From a strategic perspective, programme design, organisational structure, culture, and quality implementation, monitoring and learning, Oxfam South Africa has been effective and efficient. The planning, execution, review, strategic positioning, selection of tactics and tactical effectiveness, the organisation scored high in all areas.

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Final OZA Oxfam Drought Report

A Harvest of Dysfunction: Oxfam Final Drought Report 

For the last three years, Southern Africa has been ravaged by the 2015-2016 El Niño induced drought resulting in the worst drought in the region in 35 years. The drought has robbed millions of people of their livelihoods, exacerbated vulnerabilities and pushed households and entire communities deeper into poverty. Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and to a lesser extent Zambia and South Africa, were among the worst affected. Oxfam has led on the ground interventions in some countries across the region.

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Promoting Open Governance in the Extractive Sector (2016)

As part of Oxfam South Africa’s efforts to promote open governance of the extractives sector in Africa, a meeting was held with affected communities in partnership with Oxfam Mozambique in June 2016.  The meeting was held in Inhambane province where people have been affected by the activities of SASOL. Members of affected communities and partner NGOs were trained in the basic economics of gas extraction, in order to support their efforts to engage with SASOL and the government.

Examining the Gap between the Have & have Nots in South Africa (2016)

South Africa’s distribution of wealth is one of the most unequal in the world, it has one of the biggest gaps in the world between the richest and poorest people. The legacy of Apartheid in our Economy anchored inequality between white people who have money and black people who do not. The Global Gender Gap also shows that women earn less than men with women in South Africa earning 38% less than men. There are a number of reasons for this. Learn more as we follow Noma through her day.

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Hidden Hunger in South Africa

South Africa is considered a ‘food-secure’ nation, producing enough calories to adequately feed every one of its 53 million people. However, the reality is that, despite some progress since the birth of democracy in 1994, one in four people currently suffers hunger on a regular basis and more than half of the population live in such precarious circumstances that they are at risk of going hungry.

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Mind the gap

A national minimum wage rolled out in conjunction with an industrial and social investment policy, which offers among other things, improved research and development, management skills, export subsidies, training and alternative energy resources, can ensure businesses can remain competitive without wage increases affecting industrial competitiveness, and also address income and asset inequality.

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