A hard-hitting report has today warned that things will get much worse for the fifth of the population already living in poverty, and for millions more whose livelihoods are threatened by the recession.
In recent years there has been a trend to send animals such as pigs, llamas, alpaca's, goats, sheep, cows and even worms to the developing world. You can give the animal gifts quickly and easily online and then send them to Africa or South America on someone else's behalf as a Christmas gift. A card telling your loved one, friend or relative what has been given is then sent with your personal message.
As World AIDS day approaches (1st December), Christmas shoppers are being urged to give virtual gifts that benefit sufferers of HIV and AIDS around the world - from HIV education through to giving condoms.
Many teachers would rather receive an ethical gift that benefits children in developing countries - such as those from World Vision, Christian Aid and Oxfam, than chocolate or a bottle of wine, a survey suggests.
Changing attitudes is the first vital step in ending violence against women. Oxfam ‘change makers’ are working hard to influence groups, communities, and societies all over the world. Click here for Oxfam charity gifts