People in countries that are rich in oil, gas, gold, and copper are living in poverty. While corrupt governments earn revenue from these resources, people lack health care, jobs, decent education, and proper roads. Local communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and suffer from pollution, corruption, human rights violations, and the effects of climate change.
Making it right
Oxfam helps communities affected by oil, gas, and mining operations to control how their natural resources are used – to defend their right to say if, and therefore how, projects are carried out. These projects should not add to poverty and powerlessness; they should help communities overcome these challenges as part of an environmentally and socially responsible form of development.