“Inequality kills”: New Oxfam International report shows how inequality is caused by economic violence and wealth hoarding

Ian Thompson, policy manager at Oxfam Canada, says economic inequality around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has been worse than the preceding 14 years.

Why It Matters

Understanding the link between wealth, inequality, and public policy is crucial to devising new solutions that will allow the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oxfam International’s latest report on the state of inequality around the world hones in on how COVID-19 and a cascade of associated disasters widened the gap between the rich and everyone else in just two words: ‘Inequality Kills.’

The latest report by Oxfam, a U.K. based INGO, as the Davos Agenda begins its 2022 meeting, offers a bleak outlook on the ways in which poverty, hunger, and economic deprivation were all made worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it went a step further by calling these phenomena ‘economic violence’ — situations where the richest and most powerful people in the world skewed policy choices to favour them and harm others.

Ian Thompson, policy manager at Oxfam Canada, says the organization has used the term before but decided to emphasize it in 2022’s report due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s massive death toll.

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