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Scots Politicians Debate Oxfam's Life Lives for Good campaign

22nd Jan 2014

We would like to thank John Finnie MSP who hosted a Members Debate on Tuesday which saw the Scottish Parliament discuss our Life Lives for Good campaign.  We saw politicians from across the political divide agree with Oxfam's goal for "a just world without poverty".

Many politicians used the debate to offer people the opportunity to reassess how aid works in order to see it as a transformative empowerment rather than a single transaction with short-term results. MSPs highlighted  how 'smart aid' works. They commented how well thought through aid has a ripple effect in helping more than one recipient or beneficiary by empowering them.

We were also grateful that MSPs not only wished Oxfam success in our campaign but also urged their constituents to visit their nearest Oxfam shop as well as Shwop in Marks and Spencer (people can bring an old item of clothing into an M&S store each time they buy something new, and M&S will donate the old clothes to Oxfam).

The debate heard how the 'Lift Lives for Good' campaign is the start of Oxfam highlighting the two biggest threats to ending poverty - the growing gap between the richest and poorest people, and the damage caused to poor people by climate change.

Rest assured, Oxfam will be holding our politicians to their warm words regarding aid, tackling inequality and climate change.

You can watch the debate here.

This debate was held in the same week that Oxfam published Working For the Few, which details the pernicious impact that widening inequality is having.

Where wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population.

Find the full report here.