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Inequality

The World Social Report 2020, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), shows that income inequality has increased in most developed countries, and some middle-income countries - including China, which has the world’s fastest-growing economy. Inequality is growing for more than 70...
In a stark reminder of gaping global inequality, a new report by Oxfam reveals that 162 billionaires, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. By Laura Paddison, HuffPost US. There are 2,153 billionaires globally, and, in 2019, they held more...
The UN's 2019 report on human development is timely in view of the widespread social unrest in many countries that derives, to a large extent, from the inequalities this report analyses. By Yossi Mekelberg. The UN is often accused of being detached from reality and irrelevant to most people’s lives — especially those...
With all eyes on them, Lebanese protesters now have the opportunity to outline an ambitious programme for reform that tackles inequality for current and future generations, writes Mona Fawaz. Lebanon is more than two months into the wave of protests rocking the country. Chief among the grievances driving people onto...
The UN’s relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, believes next year could be worse than a “terrible” 2019, when conflict, the climate emergency and economic desperation left 165 million people in need of aid. Extreme storms, drought and other disasters driven by the climate crisis hit the world’s poorest “first and worst...
To truly celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving means opening our hearts to the world’s problems of hunger, poverty, injustice and environmental crisis. If we understand the dire predicament of the societies in which we live, then it must be evident that we, too, are part of the problem, writes Rok Kralj.  Every year...
Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report.  The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the gap in basic living...
The following publication by Rok Kralj gives an advanced proposal for sharing the world’s resources to alleviate the major crises threatening our civilisation. First written in Slovenian and now translated into English, it attempts to envision a new international mechanism for ensuring that everyone on Earth has their...
The way we assess economic performance and social progress is fundamentally wrong, and the climate crisis has brought these concerns to the fore, writes Joseph Stiglitz. The world is facing three existential crises: a climate crisis, an inequality crisis and a crisis in democracy. Will we be able to prosper within...
Financing social protection systems that are both adequate and sustainable is not a fantasy. There are a number of measures that governments can take to raise the resources needed, writes Evelyn Astor for Equal Times. During the week of 25 November, senior government officials, social partners, civil society...
Do we really understand what ‘sharing’ means in its totality? For humanity has done everything but actually put into practice a just and equitable redistribution of the food and resources of the world, so that no-one need go without. By Marc Gregory.  Sharing. An elementary vocabulary word which most people...
In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das Ausmaß...
Protesters are demanding a larger share of the nation’s prosperity — a reality check for its celebrated economic model. There is no alternative to simply spreading the wealth more evenly, writes a group of opinion journalists at the New York Times.   Chile is often praised as a capitalist oasis, a prospering and...
Research makes explicit the link between ending extreme poverty and inequality: even a relatively small amount of re-allocation of the world’s resources could end the injustice of extreme poverty in a world of plenty, writes Danny Sriskandarajah. To those of us working in international development, the principle...
Austerity and budget cuts do not need to be “the new normal”. Governments can find additional fiscal space to fund public services and development policies through at least eight options, all of which are endorsed by the United Nations. By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins for IPS news. While this week Ministers of...