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Heiligen-sham: the devil's in the detail

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So we are about to pack up the office and head home, and to be honest I am feeling pretty blue after the final G8 announcements today. Despite your efforts, and despite the efforts of people here in Germany, this year’s G8 was a missed opportunity.

A Cheap Promise, A Costly Decision

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The G8 today announced their decision on “a commitment of $60 billion for AIDS, TB and malaria money.” But beneath the spin, dazzling the world with numbers, in fact they have just ‘reannounced’ their existing aid budgets, with only $3 billion in new money. This is miles off the 2005 promise of $50 billion new aid a year needed to halve poverty, and while important in the fight against HIV / AIDS, should be seen for what it is – a small step when we need a big leap.

A night with Bono makes our heads even bigger!

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Hi there. This is the first Oxfam group blog from your favourite G8 Big Heads. Unlike the real G8, we have managed to get our official position together pretty quickly. The concert yesterday rocked!

So yesterday morning we were on the beach just chilling out. Merkel was trying to get us together to chat about important stuff, but we were all distracted by the sun and surf. Bush was busy building his sandcastle empire, and we were all lazing around.And then we got an unexpected phone call via our agent.

Has the G8 climate really changed?

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The G8 yesterday announced their agreement on climate change. And while it has the appearance of success, we here at Oxfam still have issues about what they’ve agreed.
I’ve only been working on climate change for a few months, but what I do know is that it’s already hitting people in developing countries first and worst. And without adequate money and the proper support systems to deal with the problem, these people will carry on suffering and it will only get worse – more droughts, more floods, more famine. More poverty.

In the Belly of the Beast

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Takumo Yamada of Oxfam Japan Takumo Yamada - our man on the inside - from Oxfam Japan

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So far, what we know is that nobody knows all that much! There is a standstill in discussions, and the national representatives who do a lot of the talking before the leaders arrive still can’t reach any kind of agreement.

Bush can you place your stethoscope south-west of Burkina Faso

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Oxfam Big Heads map out need for health workers in Africa.

Emma Seery, Oxfam's G8 Campaigns Coordinator, reports live from the stunt frontline...

Emma SeeryEmma Seery: Oxfam's G8 Campaigns Coordinator

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Such a great day today!

Africa needs action and it needs it now

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My name is Eve Odete and I work with Oxfam in Africa to end poverty and injustice. Africa needs action and it needs it now. That’s why I’m here in Germany – because I believe the G8 leaders must play a key role in this. I want to make sure (as much as I can) that Africa remains steadfastly on the agenda. I want to bring the African voice into the forefront of the calls for action and to remind the world leaders that the cost of their inaction is millions of precious lives lost through poverty and disease.

Our Man in Heiligendamm

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takumo2.jpgMy name is Takumo Yamada, and I arrived from Tokyo into Germany on Friday, to work for Oxfam on the G8. This week I need to make sure the Japanese media are covering the G8 Summit and know what is going on. They need to know what the G8’s decisions mean for the millions of people living in poverty - and this is particularly important for the Japanese people as we will be hosting the G8 next year. I’m working from the Oxfam Media Office and from the official G8 Press Centre just near where the summit actually takes place. And I will be spending the week trying to find out as much up-to-the-minute G8 gossip as I can!