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.
- How does the rip-off work? What's the New Zealand position on trade?: understanding the issues
- Easy guide to trade terms: simple, animated explanations as to how the trade rip off works
- GATS...Doha Development Agenda...Liberalisation: trade terms explained
Oxfam joins others in the High Court to challenge the secrecy of TPPA documents.
An opinion piece from Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates, as published in the New Zealand Herald on February 21, 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.