Mark Fried

Head of public policy, Oxfam Canada

Mark Fried is head of public policy at Oxfam Canada and a literary translator with ten books of fiction and non-fiction in print. Mr. Fried has written and edited numerous Oxfam International reports, and currently directs the OI discussion paper series on global food security. He was editor of the 2008 Oxfam book From Poverty to Power, How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World. He is a frequent commentator on humanitarian and development issues related to aid, trade and conflict, serving on Oxfam International’s policy team at WTO, G8 and G20 summits since 2003. He is often called to serve as an expert witness before Parliamentary committees. Mr. Fried holds a Master of Arts in political science from National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Most Recent Posts

Fried: Should the World Bank consider non-Americans for its next president?

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March 19, 2012

Every World Bank president in history has been an American, nominated by the White House and rubber-stamped by a Board where the United States holds the majority of votes. Similarly, every International Monetary Fund managing director has been a European. It is Washington’s version of Mexico’s storied “dedazo” – when the president picked his own […]

Fried: $5 billion later and 500,000 Haitians still live in tents. Why?

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January 23, 2012

Money is essential for a massive humanitarian response, but it is no guarantee that everything will be hunky-dory two years later. The number of homeless is down from 1.5 million to 520,000; and believe me, housing nearly a million people is no small feat. Much of the funding of course went not to housing, but […]