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Inequality

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a “tragic reversal” in development and pushed debt in poor countries to record levels, the head of the World Bank has said. David Malpass, the bank’s president, warned the virus had widened the gap between rich and poor nations, setting back progress by years and, in the case of some...
The latest Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2021 report argues that it's time to overcome contradictions and hypocrisy in the COVID-19 crisis. Published by Social Watch et al. Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have greatly exacerbated national and global inequalities....
The head of the UN has called on rich countries to step up efforts to protect workers hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with an additional $1tn (£736bn) injection of funds to avoid a twin-track recovery that widens the gap with the world’s poorest nations. Speaking in New York, the secretary general of the United Nations...
More than 100 countries face cuts to public spending on health, education and social protection as the Covid-19 pandemic compounds already high levels of debt, a new report says. The International Monetary Fund believes that 35 to 40 countries are “debt distressed” – defined as when a country is experiencing...
Six companies at the helm of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out are fuelling an unprecedented human rights crisis through their refusal to waive intellectual property rights and share vaccine technology, with most failing to prioritise vaccine deliveries to poorer countries, say Amnesty International. In a new report, A...
A new report from the United Nations highlights divergent economic recoveries between nations and throws fresh urgency behind warnings that richer nations are not doing enough to help poorer countries from falling further behind as the world recovers from COVID-19 disruptions. “It’s really frustrating to see how...
Outrageous profits have been made by the already extremely rich during the pandemic. They need to show shared sacrifice and solidarity by rallying behind the rest of the world in this fight, writes Anthony Kamande for equalshope.org 2020 was a tumultuous year as the world economy experienced an unprecedented...
More than four billion people live without any welfare protection today to cushion them from crisis, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) report, while highlighting how the COVID-19 crisis has pushed up government spending by some 30 per cent. Leading the call for countries to extend social safety nets far...
A new briefing paper by Oxfam shows that the International Monetary Fund is systematically encouraging countries to adopt austerity measures once the pandemic subsides, risking a severe spike in already increased inequality levels. Overview The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to...
STWR have initiated a new crowdfunder to raise money for advertising our campaign across central London, UK.  The aim is to invite more people to join our call for implementing Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—which stands for adequate food, housing, healthcare and social security for everyone...
STWR would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Billboard Project to advertise the campaign for Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The fundraiser was initiated at the start of the pandemic with the aim of placing billposters across central London Underground stations. In the end, our...
A new global study sounds an alert of an emerging austerity shock: most governments are imposing budget cuts, precisely at a time when their citizens and economies are in greater need of public support. By the Initiative for Policy Dialogue et al. This paper warns of an emerging post-pandemic fiscal...
More than three million people across the globe have died of Covid-19 in the roughly nine months since India and South Africa first proposed a temporary patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines, a popular measure that Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and other rich countries have blocked. By Jake Johnson for Common...
Over 300 global civil society organizations of small-scale food producers, researchers and Indigenous Peoples’ are gathering online (25-28 July) to protest against the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit.  The People’s Counter-Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems is the latest in a series of rejections of the UN...
The number of people who did not have enough food to eat rose steeply during the Covid-19 pandemic to include almost a third of the world, according to a new UN report. Five UN agencies said the number of people without access to healthy diets grew by 320 million last year to nearly 2.37 billion people – more than...