Case study

Oxfam Takes on Big Chicken

Author: Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2024

Between 2015 and 2017, Oxfam, the international social justice organization, waged a campaign against the US poultry industry to seek better wages, healthy and safe working conditions, and worker voice for poultry processing workers. These workers, predominantly women and almost all people of color,...

Topics: Business & Economics, Civil & Human Rights, Culture & Society

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Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Campaign to Change the Food and Beverage Industry

Author: Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, April 2023

Between 2013 and 2016, Oxfam waged an ambitious campaign to challenge the world’s top 10 food and beverage companies to change the social, ethical, and environmental sourcing in their global supply chains. The campaign bargained on the large, branded companies’ susceptibility to consumer pressure,...

Topics: Culture & Society

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Equitable Food Initiative: Innovation to Address the Plight of Farmworkers

Author: Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, October 2022

In 2008, Oxfam staff envisioned a new approach to address the poverty wages and harsh conditions of farmworkers, one of the most mistreated workforces in the United States. Oxfam created a multi-stakeholder initiative, bringing together for the first time all the key players in...

Topics: Civil & Human Rights, Culture & Society, Policy

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Joe Biden’s Spending Plans: Building Back Better?

Authors: Lakshmi Iyer, Eduardo Pagés

Keough School of Global Affairs, July 2022

In December 2021, US President Joe Biden faced the decision of whether to push forward with the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which would increase US government spending by more than $2 trillion. Three previous spending bills had already been passed over the previous...

Topics: Business & Economics, COVID-19, Governance

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What’s in Your Cup? Oxfam America Takes on Starbucks

Authors: Nick Galasso, Barbara Durr, Benjamin Topa

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2022

Some of the world’s best coffee is grown in Ethiopia, where the livelihoods of 1.5 million small farmers depend on selling their superior beans at a fair price. But in the late 1990s and early 2000s, prices in the global coffee market plummeted. To...

Topics: Business & Economics, Policy

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From Crisis Management to Feminist Leadership at Oxfam America

Authors: Sara Gaviser Leslie, Barbara Durr

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

Oxfam, the international nongovernmental organization, was rocked by press revelations in 2018 of sexual misconduct in its 2011 Haiti humanitarian operations following the devasting earthquake there. The scandal, which occurred amid a crescendo of the #MeToo movement, challenged the new leader of Oxfam’s American...

Topics: Governance, Policy

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Improving Surgical Care in Zambia: Building a National Plan

Authors: Steve Reifenberg, Luke Maillie, Molly Kuehn, Jens Henrik Munthe-Kaas, Matthew Weyenberg

Keough School of Global Affairs, February 2022

The case, Improving Surgical Care in Zambia: Building a National Plan, examines how the government of Zambia developed the first in the world National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP) from 2015-2017. The Zambian government incorporated recommendations from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery...

Topics: Health, Policy

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Hyperinflation in Venezuela

Authors: Lakshmi Iyer, Francisco Rodríguez

Keough School of Global Affairs, September 2021

Venezuela entered hyperinflation at the end of 2017, preceded by several years of large budget deficits and declining oil revenues. Despite many policy attempts to bring inflation under control, including currency redenomination, introduction of a new cryptocurrency, allowing de facto dollarization, and easing price...

Topics: Business & Economics, Policy

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Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Chiapas, Mexico

Authors: Steve Reifenberg, Luke Maillie

Keough School of Global Affairs, May 2021

In rural Chiapas, Mexico, poor patients often struggle to accesss surgical care and other medical treatment, even though access is guaranteed by law under the Mexican constitution. This case examines an innovative approach developed by Compañeros en Salud to accompany patients from rural communities...

Topics: Health