All posts by Albion Harrison-Naish

Discussing income inequality with Oxfam Australia | AidWorks

The problem of inequality has been one of those intractable problems societies have always faced to one degree or another. But in recent decades, inequality has been increasing across the globe, and quickly. So much so that the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos in Switzerland had inequality on the agenda after the group’s own Global Risks 2014 report identified the “chronic gap” between rich and poor as one of the major threats to stability in the coming decade.

In the lead up to the Davos meeting, global humanitarian charity Oxfam released a significant addition to the international conversation on the issue of inequality. The report, Working for the Few: Political capture and income inequality, has been quoted widely in the media.

AidWorks’ Albion Harrison-Naish spoke with Oxfam Australia’s Economic Justice advocacy lead Kelly Dent to discuss some of the report’s implications and themes.

Significant aid stories of 2013 | AidWorks

To discuss some of the major issues of 2013, AidWorks host Albion Harrison-Naish, was joined by the heads of three prominent Australian aid NGOs. CARE Australia’s Dr. Julia Newton-Howes, ActionAid Australia’s Archie Law and Act for Peace’s Alistair Gee provided an engaging conversation about a variety of issues.

After a brief discussion of the recently-announced further cuts to Australia’s aid program, the panellists discussed the various cuts, diversions and delays suffered by Australia’s aid program over 2013. The conversation also covered issues like climate change and the developing world, the evolution of emergency humanitarian responses, the rise of the BRICS nations and how this will likely impact on development models, as well as the debates over the post 2015 development agenda.