Even It Up

Inequality is out of control. Oxfam's 'Even It Up' campaign aims to do something about it.

Republic of You is intended to be a light hearted and entertaining way to explore the issues around extreme inequality. However, the issue of extreme inequality is not fun for many people in our world. From our extensive research and from our experience of working with poor communities around the world, we know that extreme inequality is hampering the fight against poverty.

The gap between the rich and poor is spiralling out of control.

Did you know that 1% of people now own more than the rest of us combined? Right now, the 62 richest people have the same wealth as the 3.6 billion poorest people. The richest get richer, while millions of people struggle for food, water and shelter. We've found out that 200 million more people will be trapped unnecessarily in extreme poverty by 2030 unless we act now to address inequality.

From Ghana to Germany, Italy to Indonesia, the gap between rich and poor is widening. In 2013, seven out of 10 people lived in countries where economic inequality was worse than 30 years ago. Extreme inequality corrupts politics and hinders economic growth. It exacerbates gender inequality, and causes a range of health and social problems. It stifles social mobility, keeping some families poor for generations, while others enjoy year after year of privilege. It fuels crime and even violent conflict. These corrosive consequences affect us all, but the impact is worst for the poorest people.

Extreme inequality is threatening to undo much of the progress made over the past 20 years in tackling poverty. But the situation is not inevitable - it's the consequence of political and economic choices. Things don't have to be this way.

Many of the questions and scenarios in the Republic of You are based upon our reports “Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality” and “An Economy For the 1%: How privilege and power in the economy drive extreme inequality and how this can be stopped”.

In these reports Oxfam presents new evidence that the gap between rich and poor is growing ever wider and is undermining poverty eradication. 

If India stopped inequality from rising, 90 million more men and women could be lifted out of extreme poverty by 2019.

These reports delve into the causes of the inequality crisis and looks at the concrete solutions that can overcome it. Drawing on case studies from around the world the reports demonstrate the impact that rising inequality is having on rich and poor countries alike and explores the different ways that people and governments are responding to it. 

The world has woken up to the gap between the rich and rest and are already demanding a world that is fairer.

Oxfam believes that the fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.