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Make Trade Fair

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Trade is one of the most powerful forces linking our lives and a source of unprecedented wealth. Yet the benefits are not being shared by all: millions of the world's people are being left behind.

Unfair trade rules are one of the biggest obstacles to development.

  • For every dollar given to poor countries in aid, they lose two dollars to rich countries because of unfair trade.

Rip off? You can do something about it. Join the Make Trade Fair campaign and demand new, fairer trade rules that will make a real and positive difference in the fight against poverty.

Understanding trade issues

Rich countries have rigged international trade rules in their own favour and at the expense of people living in poverty.

Latest news

Court action to challenge secret trade negotiations

August 5, 2015

Oxfam joins others in the High Court to challenge the secrecy of TPPA documents.

Barry Coates: Release the TPP negotiation documents

February 24, 2014

An opinion piece from Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates, as published in the New Zealand Herald on February 21, 2014

Growing international call for transparency in TPPA negotiations

February 20, 2014

In the lead-up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations in Singapore February 22-25, Oxfam New Zealand is calling on the New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser to end the secrecy and make negotiating drafts publicly available. The scope of the TPPA is wide ranging and will be significant for generations to come, not just in New Zealand but particularly for poor and marginalised people in the developing world.

Latest blogs

Election 2014: Where now for NZ foreign policy?

September 4, 2014

Foreign Affairs and Trade is an issue that many Kiwis care about, but with it taking more of a backseat in the 2014 election campaigns, Oxfam decided to provide a platform for parties to explain their stances on foreign affairs issues. We were joined by spokespeople for the Labour Party (David Shearer), the Green Party (Barry Coates), and New Zealand First (NZF) (Brent Pierson). Oxfam's Policy Intern Moana-Lyn Te Whata summarises what they said...