One of the key areas in which Oxfam engages the G20 is in taking action to reduce global inequality. More than half the world’s poorest people live in G20 countries. G20 leaders have acknowledged that “for prosperity to be sustained it must be shared”. Oxfam co-authored the Civil20's draft report on inequality. The report, endorsed by the Civil20 as well as by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, is to be presented to G20 leaders at the St Petersburg G20 Summit in September. Civil society hopes that Russia will use the report as the basis for a new G20 "St Petersburg Initiative to Ensure Strong, Sustainable, Balanced, and Inclusive Growth" that affirms equality and inclusion.
South Africa, with the dubious distinction of being the G20 country with the highest level of income inequality, is well aware of the perils of economic growth that fails to reach the poorest. And, as Africa’s sole member at this premier economic forum and a co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group, it has a duty to speak for the continent’s most vulnerable. A number of organisations from South Africa took part in the Civil20, including the Economic Justice Network, the South African National AIDS Council, and the Institute for Global Dialogue.