Living in: Barcelona, Spain
Inequality lead, Oxfam Intermón, Spain
Alex Prats has a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in Business Administration (ESADE Business School, Spain, and McGill University, Canada), Master in Development Studies (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) and MSc in Africa Politics (SOAS, United Kingdom).
He started his professional career in the private sector as a human resources manager in Asia-Pacific, based in Bangkok (Thailand). In 2003, he joined Oxfam, where he performed different roles until 2011, including Regional Director for West Africa and Maghreb. In 2011, he joined Christian Aid in the United Kingdom as Principal Economic Advisor, where he led the organisation’s global campaign for tax justice.
In 2014, Alex re-joined Oxfam as Deputy Regional Director in Horn, East and Central Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Since September 2016, Alex is the Inequality Lead at Oxfam Spain. In this new position, Alex has led a process to define the organisation’s strategy against extreme inequality, and is currently collaborating with the LSE’s III to develop an Inequality Framework and toolkit for activists and practitioners.
At Oxfam, we believe that the current levels of inequality are unfair, erode democracy and social cohesion, and undermine our efforts to eradicate poverty. In the past years, our global campaign Even It Up! has been effective in placing the inequality challenge in the public agenda and has defined specific policy recommendations to help build fairer societies where every person can live a decent life.
In order to improve Oxfam’s understanding of what is currently driving inequalities, and to identify the most effective solutions in countries where we work, we are partnering with LSE’s III through its Atlantic Fellows Programme to develop an Inequality Framework and Toolkit for Oxfam and other practitioners and activists. This project will make a meaningful contribution to our work on inequalities: it will bridge academic, activist and practitioner perspectives with the aim to support Oxfam in their ambition to design and implement relevant, solid and effective programmes for the reduction of inequalities at national and local levels.
Understanding inequalities properly in any given context -including their links to poverty dynamics, their main drivers, and the consequences for citizens- is a necessary condition for effective programming and policy-making. Yet, inequality is a complex multidimensional concept and phenomenon, and the lack of robust, but pragmatic frameworks and tools make it challenging for activists and practitioners to grasp inequalities with the width and depth required.
The Inequality Framework and Toolkit that we aim to develop from a collaboration between Oxfam and LSE will fill this gap and provide pragmatic conceptual and analytical guidance for activists and practitioners that seek to make a difference in tackling inequalities.
At Oxfam, we look forward to working together with other Fellows in the Atlantic Programme. We are convinced that this will help strengthen our capacity to fight inequality and contribute to putting an end to poverty.