The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts


Resource rights

The transparent hypocrisy of big oil

The yawning gap between the transparency rhetoric of companies and the reality of their actions has never been more apparent than it is now.

Resource rights

By the numbers—the fight for oil and mining company transparency

1504   Section in Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act requiring companies to disclose taxes, royalties, and other payments made to the US and foreign governments   1.5 billion  People living on less than $2 a day in “resource-rich” countries   $30 million  Value of Malibu mansion owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang, son of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea’s dictator   1    Number […]

Active citizens & accountable states

Chevron’s last gasps in its fight against the Amazon?

Communities from the Ecuadorian Amazon may finally have what they need to hold Chevron-Texaco accountable for the billions of gallons of oil and toxic wastes dumped into their lands and water.

Resource rights

Watching the watchdogs

Do so-called “independent monitoring expert panels” protect communities and reduce corporate risk, or are they nothing more than fig leaves for accountability?

Resource rights

Still waiting for financial transparency

On the one year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC has yet to issue a final ruling to implement the landmark oil and mining financial transparency law, and the oil industry is fighting to weaken it.