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50 facts that should change the world - Revised edition PDF Print E-mail



 Originally published in 2004, Jessica Williams' book has been reprinted numerous times and translated into 14 foreign languages.

It's now time for an update. This substantially revised edition includes new facts, updated data throughout and a brand new, lengthy introduction. In it Jessica discusses how the world has changed since 2004, how readers have reacted to the book - and her experiences discussing the book on a prime-time Japanese TV show.

'Provides proof about why we cannot be complacent about the world as it is today. Should become the Bible of political activists everywhere.'

Ziauddin Sardar, New Statesman

The Oxfam Gender Training Manual PDF Print E-mail




This work is a resource for gender and development trainers which draws on the work of gender trainers all over the world. It offers field-tested training techniques, activities and photocopiable handouts, drawn from a wide range of sources and shaped into a coherent training programme. The manual includes activities which explore such areas as: gender-awareness and self-awareness for women and men; gender roles and needs; gender-sensitive appraisal and planning; gender and major global issues such as conflict, environment, culture and economic crisis; working with counterparts on gender issues; gender and development; and strategies for change. 

The Oxfam Gender Training Manual is primarily intended as a resource for trainers and organizations concerned with development and relief, in the North and in the South. It should also be of value to any organization attempting to incorporate a gender perspective into its work.

The Urgency Of Now PDF Print E-mail










“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: too late.” Martin Luther King Jr 

It’s time to take a new look at how to change the world.

Many people taking individual actions – signing a petition, giving to charity, recycling,– is important. But can it really make the difference needed to combat injustice and control a rapidly changing climate?

Who really has the power to change the world?

And what can you really do to help?

This little book sets out some of the biggest challenges facing the world today and shows you how to use the power you have in the fight for positive change. It invites you to become part of a movement of people who believe that inequality can and should be challenged.

Before it’s too late.

The urgency of now is essential reading for development, international politics, economics, and business students, activists and campaigners, and anyone interested in globalisation or development issues. In fact it’s for anyone with a questioning mind.

The urgency of now is based on analysis and arguments presented in Oxfam International’s flagship publication, From Poverty to Power.

New Book -From Poverty to Power PDF Print E-mail

From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World 

The Urgency of Now
Background Papers
Case Studies

From Poverty to Power


List of acronyms (PDF 38KB)
List of NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, and Networks list (32 KB)
Acknowledgements (PDF 26KB)

Foreword - Amartya Sen (PDF 51KB)

Part 1: Introduction (PDF 193KB)
The unequal world

Part 2: Power and Politics (PDF 348KB)
The political roots of development • I have rights, therefore I am • I believe, therefore I am • I read, therefore I am • I surf, therefore I am • We organise, therefore we are • I own, therefore I am • I vote, therefore I am • I steal, therefore I am • I rule, therefore I am • From poverty to power

Case Studies
How change happens: A revolution for Bolivia’s Chiquitano people (PDF 59KB)
How change happens: Winning women’s rights in Morocco (PDF 59KB)

Part 3: Poverty and Wealth (PDF 384KB)
An economics for the 21st century • Living off the land • The changing world of work • Private sector, public interest • Going for growth • Sustainable markets

Case Studies 
How change happens: The fishing communities of Tikamgarh (PDF 48KB)
How change happens: African success stories: Botswana and Mauritius (PDF 39KB)

Part 4: Risk and Vulnerability (PDF 378KB)
Living with risk  • Social protection • Finance and vulnerability • Hunger and famine • HIV, AIDS, and other health risks • The risk of natural disaster • Climate change • Living on the edge: Africa’s pastoralists • Violence and conflict • Shocks and change

Case Studies 
How change happens: India’s campaign for a National Rural Employment Guarantee (PDF 37KB)
How change happens: South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (PDF 36KB)

Part 5: The International System (PDF 510KB)
Who rules the world? • The international financial system • The international trading system • The international aid system • The international system for humanitarian relief and peace • Climate change • Global governance in the twenty-first century

Case Studies
How change happens: The 2005 Gleneagles Agreements (PDF 49KB)
How change happens: Landmines, an arms-control success
 (PDF 49KB)

Part 6: Conclusion (PDF 173KB)
A new deal for a new century

Appendix: How Change Happens (PDF 141KB)
Notes (PDF 148KB)
Bibliography (PDF 140KB)
Background papers and case studies (PDF 49KB)
Glossary (PDF 65KB)
Index (PDF 107KB)

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