The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts

US President Barack Obama with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (left), and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right), at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 19, 2015.  They met again this week at the "Three Amigos" Summit in Ottawa, Canada.(Photo: Susan Walsh / Associated Press) Climate change

North American methane target is a global win-win

By targeting methane emissions reductions from the oil and gas sector, Canada, Mexico, and the United States are combating climate change and supporting global development goals.

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.

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