More than 31 million people, or one person every second, were uprooted in their home country in 2016 because of conflicts and disasters, an aid group has said.
According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.
The World Bank has released its first annual report tracking progress towards the two key SDGs on poverty and inequality. But the analysis does not explain its claim of a modest, partial reversal of previously growing inequality, while its policy prescriptions remain surprisingly limited, write Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury.
The global wage gap is a major driver of inequality between poor countries and rich countries, and there is one obvious solution: a global minimum wage coupled with a universal basic income, argues Jason Hickel.
Public services in some of the world’s poorest countries are being starved of resources as a result of their governments’ heavy debt loads, the Jubilee Debt Campaign has warned.