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Inequality

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...
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...
Last month 195 world leaders once again met in New York for big speeches and grand events. But on inequality, when all is said and done, more has been said than done, writes Ben Phillips for IPS News. Four years after governments across the world committed to fight inequality as part of the UN Sustainable Development...
After centuries of enclosure, privatisation and colonisation, it's time that the commons were returned to all of us, writes Guy Standing in openDemocracy. The commons are part of our culture and constitution, and in Britain have been so since the Charter of the Forest was sealed in November 1217 alongside the Magna...
A package of economic justice bills from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aim to improve the lives of the nearly 40 million Americans in poverty, including a resolution for the United States to finally ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. By Jessica Corbett for Common Dreams. ...
As governments and global leaders gather in the coming months at several summits and meetings, from the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, to the G7 summit and the UN General Assembly, fighting inequality will once again be high on the agenda. But they are failing to deal with the inequality crisis. This open...
West African Governments have been blamed for the worsening poverty and inequality levels in their countries. According to a new Oxfam and Development Finance International report, inequality is at crisis levels in West Africa. The report said the divide between the wealthy and the poor continues to increase as a...
We recently collaborated with the team at Seven Billion Today to produce a short promotional video that summarises STWR's key campaign message for use on social media. The online advertisement brings to life our simple call for ordinary citizens to resurrect the United Nations founding vision for implementing basic...
The world is facing a "climate apartheid" between the rich who can protect themselves and the poor who are left behind, the UN has warned. A new report estimates that more than 120 million people could slip into poverty within the next decade because of climate change.As extreme weather events such as droughts,...
Every national campaign for tackling climate change also needs an international justice plank, because we’re not going to get anywhere near the Paris temperature targets without global sharing and cooperation, writes Tom Athanasiou for Inequality.org. Something has changed, as most everyone in the climate movement...