The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts

Jose Motolinia sweeps the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Well over 2.3 million janitors and building cleaners make a median hourly
wage of $11.27 an hour ($23,440 per year). Many work evening hours (when buildings are empty), and the work can be “physically demanding and sometimes dirty and unpleasant.” (See Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Janitors and Building Cleaners,” 2015.) Featured

In 2016: It’s the wages, stupid

A new Oxfam report exposes the shocking reality that nearly half of US workers are stuck in jobs with low wages and scant benefits. Could supporting an agenda to raise wages mean success for candidates in November?

Virginia Ñuñonca Ccallo walks through her fields in the highlands of Peru. (Photo: Percy Ramírez / Oxfam America) Climate change

Thinking outside the carbon box

Carbon dioxide emissions require our attention, but we can’t afford to ignore the development and climate benefits from also reducing non-CO2 pollutants.

World leaders at the G7 Summit posing for a photo in Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan on the sidelines of the 42nd G7 summit on 26 May 2016. Source: Active citizens & accountable states

How to be successful, according to the G7

The Ise-Shima G7 lacked the ambition and political will to tackle many of the problems discussed by the G7 leaders.

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