I was asked by Compass to contribute an article to its Reasons for Hope series – how we can collectively build back better from the coronavirus crisis. I wrote about how the powerful shift in attitudes to carers, with the nation coming together to applaud them weekly, could be the tipping point for how we … Continue reading “OPINION: REASONS TO HOPE – CARING FOR CARERS”
I was asked to address the UN’s high level event on action to support the world’s poorer countries to cope with the impacts of Covid19 now – and to recover afterwards. The pandemic has exposed structural problems with our global economic system, deepened inequalities and increased poverty – we need urgent action on debt, tax … Continue reading “UN SPEECH: SUPPORTING DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DURING COVID19”
A key test for governments will be whether they choose a nationalistic path, or work together to respond to this collective crisis. A key question for the future is whether any sense of global solidarity fostered by this common threat can usher in new, lasting forms of joint action worthy of the name. Find out … Continue reading “OPINION – BOND: WHY INTERNATIONALIST VALUES ARE MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER”
Oxfam and the Foreign Policy Centre commissioned a new collection of essays by diverse politicians and experts to consider Britain’s role in the world post-Brexit. They argue that unless the UK’s foreign policy is firmly rooted in internationalist values it risks undermining its potential for global influence, and urge the Government to articulate a powerful vision … Continue reading “‘GLOBAL BRITAIN’ ESSAYS URGE GOVERNMENT TO PUT INTERNATIONALIST VALUES AT HEART OF FOREIGN POLICY”
Oxfam and High Pay Centre organised a fascinating debate exploring the future of business with some leading thinkers, at a time when the climate emergency and eye-watering inequality make clear that the status quo is not an option. Kate Raworth, former Oxfam colleague and creator of ‘Doughnut Economics’, described the five traits that tell you … Continue reading “PURPOSE BEYOND PROFIT DEBATE”
I went back to my former workplace, the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR), to talk about inequality, tax and redistribution with IPPR Director Carys Roberts and economist Shreya Nanda. IPPR’s new Economic Justice podcast is discussing ways in which the economy could be reformed to deliver better outcomes for all.
Technological changes are bringing amazing opportunities at a dizzying pace, but also huge risks as they amplify and mirror existing inequalities. I joined Lauren Khan of BT, and Elizabeth Stuart of Pathways for Prosperity, to discuss the role of regulation at a time when tech companies are more powerful than nation states, and what we … Continue reading “CHATHAM HOUSE DEBATE – LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND IN THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION”
As the world’s rich and powerful gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum, Oxfam published its annual report on global inequality. This year we highlighted how our upside-down economy chronically under-values the billions of hours of caring – cleaning, cooking, looking after children and the elderly – predominantly done by women and girls, who … Continue reading “Why our economy is just plain sexist”
While in Geneva for the UN Global Refugee Forum I spoke to World Radio Switzerland about how Oxfam is changing in order to tackle challenges from disasters to inequality and climate change, while ensuring we live up to our responsibilities to protect all those we work with.
I joined author Linsey McGoey, Rhodri Davies of Charities Aid Foundation, Melissa Berman of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, among others, for an interesting discussion about the role of philanthropy in the modern world. I argued that while the best philanthropy can be transformative, we can’t just rely on the generosity of the ultra rich – we … Continue reading “BBC WORLD SERVICE: PHILANTHROPY – DOES IT WORK?”