Nation’s favourite authors reveal the books that changed their lives

Dolly Alderton, Tracy Chevalier, Philippa Gregory, Paula Hawkins, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, and Tara Westover are some of the nation’s best-selling authors who today reveal the books that changed their lives. All are donating books to Oxfam to boost sales in Oxfam shops and raise money for the charity’s life-changing work fighting poverty to beat it, for good. They are joined by more of the biggest names in the book world including Margaret Atwood, Germaine Greer, Mark Haddon, Victoria Hislop, DJ Greg James, Judith Kerr, Marina Lewycka, Jojo Moyes, Lisa…

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UK immigration statistics: charities call for change to restrictive rules on refugee family reunion

Commenting on the Home Office quarterly immigration statistics today, Amnesty International UK, British Red Cross, Oxfam and the Refugee Council said in a statement: “That 1,950 refugees living in the UK have been able to be reunited with the family members they desperately miss and need is great news. First-hand experience tells us that reuniting refugee families gives them the best chance of living settled and fulfilling lives. “But the fact remains that many refugees are not able to pass the current restrictive rules and complicated process which is difficult…

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Oxfam Chief Executive to step down

Oxfam Great Britain has today announced that Mark Goldring will stand down as Chief Executive at the end of this year. Goldring rejoined Oxfam in 2013, having previously worked for the organisation in the 1990s as Bangladesh country director. In 2016, he oversaw the biggest annual humanitarian response in its history, encompassing the refugee crisis as well as conflicts including Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. During his five years in post he has also overseen the growth of Oxfam’s work tackling poverty and its root causes and ensured Oxfam improved…

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Oxfam appoints independent commission to review safeguarding

Oxfam has appointed Zainab Bangura, a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, and Katherine Sierra, a former Vice-President of the World Bank, to co-chair an independent commission to review its culture and safeguarding system. The setting up of an independent commission is one part of the action plan Oxfam announced to minimise the risk of sexual abuse and root it out wherever it occurs. The international agency today also announced additional progress on several other fronts. The commission has been formed in response to concerns about the way Oxfam…

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Charities and ethics – when charities fall short

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for charities worldwide with some truly horrifying reports being made into the actions of several large and respected charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children and even the UN. Reports include the widespread use of sex workers, and the trade of sex for aid. We, quite rightly, hold our charities to higher standards than most businesses, and we wouldn’t tolerate this from anyone so it seems even more shocking when it involves charities. I think this proves there needs to be a fundamental shift…

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