FAIR for ALL
FAIR for ALL will contribute to a world in which global value chains serve people and planet before profit. Where people benefit fairly from value chains. The problem the program addresses: the benefits of Global Trade have not been equally distributed.
Trade rules are focused on serving commercial interests. This allows for concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few rich people, companies and countries. Millions of people in developing countries haven’t benefitted from international trade. They remain in poverty, they do not earn enough to build a decent livelihood and have jobs without certainty. Globally operating companies and financial sector actors, participating in value chains, are not held accountable for their practices. Coupled with alarming new and expanding restrictions on civil society, the power of people to redesign their local, national and global economies rests on a knife edge.
The FAIR for ALL program is a Power of Voices partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a consortium with SOMO, Third World Network- Africa (TWN-Africa), the Huairou Commission and Oxfam Novib . The program is implemented from January 2021 until December 2025, its budget amounts to 71 million euros. This makes the program the largest investment in an influencing program on the theme of fair value chains, and therefore a unique opportunity.
Vision FAIR for ALL
Vision FAIR for ALL
Global Trade and Value Chains can be FAIR for ALL. Current inequalities and gaps between rich and poor are a consequence of political and economic choices. FAIR for ALL believes that a systemic change is needed and is within our reach. One which ensures that:
- Global Trade and Value Chains are more inclusive of women and small-scale producers.
- Private-sector abuses are stopped by better regulation.
- Tax revenues and returns are channeled back to into developing countries’ economies and social sectors.
This can be achieved with a strong, rooted and diverse civil society. In different parts of the world, citizens are already challenging the system that puts profit before people and planet. FAIR for ALL will support and strengthen civil society organizations and movements to play their diverse roles as educators, mobilizers, creators and watchdogs to make value chains and global trade fair for all.
How will FAIR for ALL contribute to system change?
The objective of FAIR for ALL is to strengthen civil society to creating space and mobilize people across the world to demand and contribute to more inclusive and sustainable trade and value-chains where actors respect human rights, protect the environment and promote women’s economic empowerment.
To achieve it’s objective, FAIR for ALL program is built on four pathways of change:
Pathway 1 - Work with private sector to find alternative business models
Pathway 2 - Puts pressure on private sector actors for a responsible private and financial sector.
Pathway 3 - Improve governmental regulation on private sector.
Pathway 4 - Advocates for fiscal and trade reforms.
Click on a pathway to read more about this pathway.
Countries in which FAIR for ALL will be implemented
The FAIR for ALL programme will be implemented in 14 countries: Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, OPT, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Netherlands. The consortium believes large-scale impact and systemic, long-lasting change can happen through the transformation of agricultural and extractive value chains. Millions of people work in or are depend on agricultural and mineral commodaties. And many more are impacted by them through unfair competition, seasonal work, low incomes, land evictions and climate change. Supporting efforts to ensure respect for human rights and increase opportunities for women small-scale producers has the potential to uplift the livelihoods of millions of women, men, girls and boys.
FAIR for ALL will also be implemented at the Asia and Africa regional and global levels. This is to align activities and leverage influencing agendas across local, national regional and global levels.
It's with pride that FAIR for ALL presents its first annual report. We worked with more than 100 civil society organizations in 14 countries and two regions to jointly lay the foundations for FAIR for ALL. This report covers the first 15 months of this partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our consortium. It paints a rich picture of how we supported civil society organizations to lobby and advocate for improved value chains at scale.
The FAIR for ALL programme works with consortium partners (as mentioned above) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ANNUAL PLAN 2022-2023 FAIR for ALL
On 1 April 2022 the FAIR for ALL program will enter its second year of implementation. FAIR for ALL aims to improve value chains at scale, and is an initiative of Oxfam Novib, SOMO, Third World Network-Africa (TWN-Africa) and Huairou Commission. FAIR for ALL is a Power of Voices partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We work in13 countries and two regions, and explicitly link this to influencing efforts at the global level and in the Netherlands.
Power of Voices FAIR for ALL Baseline Report
A huge share of the wealth created by global trade and in value chains accrues to those at the top, leaving those at the bottom further behind. International trade and global value chains did not create opportunities for two-thirds of people in the developing world. Instead, they are faced with limited market access, dwindling bargaining power, and low returns. Women are often hit harder by value chain abuses because they face added discrimination.
'My five take-aways from participating in the C20 Bali Summit'
The annual C20 summit took place in Indonesia this year, from 5 to 7 October 2022. The C20 is one of the official G20 Engagement Groups that works to ensure that G20 leaders develop priorities that serve citizens and civil society. Alice Kooij (FAIR4ALL Civic Space Advisor for Oxfam Novib) attended the summit and shares her five take-aways in this article.
From Mine to Market - Journey of ASM Women Miners in Kenya
The mining sector has immense potential to be a core driver of Kenya’s economic revival in the post-COVID-19 era. It would achieve a higher representation of women and gender-inclusive strategies within the sector. However, gender based violence and gender discrimination is rampant in the male dominated sector. Four partners in the FAIR for ALL program Kenya, are working on the ASM gemstones and gold mining value chains. They ensure the mine to market journey for these women results in a fair share of what they mine.
South Africa: Farmworkers demand wealth tax for the 1%
About 30 women of ‘Women on Farms’ (partner in the FAIR for ALL program), protest outside of the South African Parliament in Cape Town. They called for the introduction of a wealth tax on the country’s richest 1%, saying that the funds should be used to alleviate poverty.
Homemaker to changemaker
This is the story of grassroots leader Sitabai Ramhari Bhore. She is a member of the Village Action Group (VAG) in India. This group was formed by FAIR for ALL partner Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP). Sitabai has been associated with SSP for over six months since the beginning of the FAIR for ALL program. Before she didn’t have enough information and knowledge about existing government programs and schemes in her village (related to agriculture and other entitlements). But that has changed and that’s not all!
Palestinian farmers pressure for fair agricultural taxes
Palestinian farmers often find themselves stuck between the Israeli land evictions and Palestinian agricultural policies. One of their biggest challenges for farmers is the VAT (value-added tax), which increases their costs of production.
Netherlands stepping forward by announcing national legislation on responsible business conduct
More than 10 years ago, the UN and OECD introduced international guidelines on responsible business conduct. The core element of these standards is that companies commit to improve the way they do business though engaging meaningfully with those people who are affected by their activities. One of the ambitions for 2021 in this field was the introduction of binding regulations for companies on international responsible business conduct.
Breaking gender norms in Obodugwa (Nigeria)
"Before, women wouldn’t dare to go to town meetings in my village. Neither did they dare to sit down beside the men when decisions, that concern our welfare, are being made. The story is different today. Not only are women represented on our community development committees, but our voices are also being heard. Our long-desired market has been constructed for us," said 52-year-old Patricia Olumor, women's leader for Obodugwa community, Ndokwa West LGA of Delta state in Nigeria.
Women on Farms Project: Magrieta Prins
Magrieta Prins is one of thousands of women working on farms, who are part of the Women on Farms Project (WFP) in the Western Cape farmlands of South Africa. Her employer relocated and Prins had to find work as a seasonal farm worker, here she would go without an income for months. This is a challenge many women farm workers continue to face today. She joined a union and played a big role during farm worker protests in De Doorns, demanding higher wages, toilets in the vineyards, clean water, and fair treatment for all farm workers.
CONNECT WITH US
Oxfam Novib - Erik Boonstoppel (Project Lead Power of Voice FAIR for ALL Partnership)
SOMO - Irene Keizer
Third World Network- Africa Wilma Osei
Huairou - Rocio Diaz-Agero