There are solutions that can end this injustice. In 2000, governments across the world set out the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of commitments to lift around 500 million people out of poverty - these goals include primary education for all and reducing child mortality and the number of women dying in childbirth. But with less than three years left to achieve these commitments, there is lots more to be done.
We are campaigning to make sure the British and other rich country governments stick to their side of the bargain. We're sending a clear message to leaders that the world needs free public health care and education - now.
Health care for all
We are determined to make global free health care a reality for all. It's a massive challenge, but it's definitely achievable. In order to make this happen, we are calling for:
- Governments of developing countries to invest in their own healthcare services
- Rich countries, backed by international organisations such as the World Bank, to solidly support them.
Education for all
Imagine you couldn't read, write, or count. Would it hold you back?
School helps children develop the skills they need to make themselves heard in the world, to make positive changes in their lives, and finally break free from poverty.
We want world leaders to deliver aid to train two million new teachers in poor countries - a move that would help a whole generation learn the skills they need to beat poverty. The futures of millions depend on it.
Robin Hood Tax
The global economic crisis has pushed 50 million more people worldwide into extreme poverty. It's simply not fair for poor people to pay for the mistakes made by rich bankers. That's why Oxfam's campaigning for a 'Robin Hood Tax'.
This tiny 0.05% tax on the financial sector could have a massive impact, raising tens of billions every year - enough to help the poorest people in the UK and abroad, and tackle climate change too.
Support the Robin Hood Tax