Austerity will put 25m Europeans into poverty, says Oxfam

A volunteer loads a van with donations of food at the Food Bank Against Hunger centre in Lisbon. Photo: AFP

Europe faces a "lost decade", with the number of people trapped in poverty across the continent set to rise by up to 25 million by 2025 unless austerity policies are reversed, according to a damning new report from aid agency Oxfam.

Friday, 13 September, 2013, 3:58am

Rich dodge US$156b tax on hidden assets, says Oxfam

The Caymans and other British crown dependencies have been told to get their houses in order over their tax status. Photo: AP

The international aid agency Oxfam says the unpaid tax is twice the sum required for every person in the world to live above the extreme poverty threshold of US$1.25 a day.

11 Feb 2014 - 7:32am

How to make charity dollars count

Relief efforts and aid are most effective when disaster-hit communities are invited to help plan, carry out and monitor the reconstruction. Photo: AFP

Since the Yaan earthquake on April 20, Oxfam staff have often been asked how to best ensure donations are well spent in the community. This is a healthy reminder that keeps pushing us to refine our monitoring systems.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Minimum wage has had minimum effect for working families, Oxfam says

Members of People's Alliance for Minimum Wage call for a raise in September. Photo: Felix Wong

Based on figures from the Census and Statistics Department, the report said that in the fourth quarter of last year, over 170,000 families who were being supported by at least one working person were living in poverty. These families had a monthly income that was less than half the median average among other families of the same size.

30 Apr 2013 - 7:40am

Talking points

Wang Yi

Foreign Minister Wang Yi sets out tomorrow to pay official visits to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei, returning to Beijing on May 5.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am

Most families wait over four years for public housing, says Oxfam

Oxfam director general Stephen Fisher. Photo: Oliver Tsang

The government's promise of a maximum three-year wait for public housing is a myth, according to a study by Oxfam Hong Kong released yesterday.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:49am

Something new: crazy little things

Beecrazy charity deals.

You have probably bought books, music, films or gadgetry on the internet - but we're willing to bet you've never gone online to purchase a sheep; a walking, breathing, bleating one.

Before anyone starts making up the spare room for their very own Shaun or Shirley, though, we are talking about purchasing a sheep for the poor of Gansu province, through group-buying portal Beecrazy.

5 Jan 2013 - 10:55pm

Poverty Commission set to define poverty line

Stephen Fisher. Photo: Oliver Tsang

A recognised poverty line for Hong Kong should emerge after the Commission on Poverty's inaugural meeting today, a member of the body said.

"It's a fairly agreed-on consensus already. It's best to not waste time arguing over it," Oxfam Hong Kong director general Stephen Fisher said.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:25pm

Welfare for working poor depresses wages, benefits greedy employers

Oxfam Hong Kong, Director General, Dr Stephen Frederick Fisher. Photo: Dickson Lee

[Oxfam director general Stephen] Fisher, who is on the government-appointed Commission on Poverty, said he would urge the authorities to introduce a low-income family allowance for the working poor who earned less than CSSA payments but were loath to apply for assistance.

SCMP, November 14

18 Nov 2012 - 3:48am 1 comment

Pace facts

Some helpful pointers from the pros

The North Face team packing checklist

6 Nov 2012 - 10:52am

Rally to the cause

From left: Elena Houghton, Phillipa de Fonblanque, Phillipa Cook, and Lauren Mead, are Team Danger, a charity running group. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Four young Hong Kong women have found the motivation to swap their heels for hiking boots in preparation for next Friday's Oxfam Trailwalker. They did it by setting themselves ambitious fundraising targets.

6 Nov 2012 - 6:28pm

Keeping Oxfam out of the NGO rabble

Keeping Oxfam out of the NGO rabble

"We continue to try and ensure that we influence policy on the causes of poverty, not just drip-feed aid to the symptoms."

Oxfam administrator

1 Nov 2012 - 4:48am 1 comment

Poverty commission must make most vulnerable their priority

Hong Kong must address the structural causes of poverty.

The preparatory task force for a Commission on Poverty has been working since July on the terms of reference and composition of the revived commission. Oxfam Hong Kong hopes the new commission will study the real causes of poverty and propose measures that will meet the needs of the poor.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am

Time for a Hong Kong children's commission

Time for a Hong Kong children's commission

Although Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has faced a baptism of fire since taking office, a long overdue focus has at least been placed on the plight of the poor.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am 1 comment

Letters Question, August 16

Fresh initiatives.

Do you agree with Oxfam Hong Kong that the Commission on Poverty, to be relaunched next month, must rethink Hong Kong's priorities on alleviating the plight of the poorest in society and define a poverty threshold?


16 Aug 2012 - 9:33am