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From Disparity to Dignity: tackling economic inequality through the Sustainable Development Goals

Resources - Author: Kate Donald, Lena Kahler, Nicholas Lusiani / Year: 2016

The briefing explores a critical set of redistributive policies – in the areas of social protection, health, education and taxation – that are key to tackling economic inequality from a human rights perspective. It also explains the equally crucial ‘pre-distributive’ policies – actions governments should take to ensure the...

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The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index

Resources - Author: Matthew Martin, Max Lawson / Year: 2017

In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting the SDG to eliminate poverty will be impossible. Now Development Finance International and Oxfam have produced the first index to measure the commitment of governments to...

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Multidimensional progress: well-being beyond income

Resources - Author: George Gray Molina / Year: 2016

The report focuses on the increasingly pressing challenges facing the region. In times of global economic fragility, eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities in all their dimensions require a twofold strategy: protecting the achievements of the last decade  to prevent millions from falling back into poverty while promoting comprehensive policies...

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Social transfers and poverty in middle- and high- income countries – A global perspective

Resources - Author: Joakim Palme, Kenneth Nelson, Tommy Ferrarini / Year: 2015

This study investigates an old question that has re-emerged in social policy making and in analyses of global social development: to what extent does targeting and size of social transfers matter for poverty? Using multilevel logistic regression and Cross- National Data Center in Luxembourg (LIS) income data for 40...

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Human Rights Council Side Event on 19 June

On 19 June, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Movement ATD Fourth World, with support of the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Chile, France and Romania will hold a side event at the Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human...

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Report on extreme poverty and human rights (A/HRC/29/31), submitted by the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston

Resources - Year: 2015

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights focuses on the relationship between extreme poverty and extreme inequality and argues that a human rights framework is critical in addressing extreme inequality. In the report, the Special Rapporteur provides an overview of the widening economic...

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Social protection and social exclusion: an analytical framework to assess the links

Resources - Author: Babken Babajanian, Jessica Hagen-Zanker / Year: 2012

This Background Note suggests that social exclusion is a useful lens for researching and analysing the effects of social protection policies and programmes in low- and middle-income countries. It discusses current trends in social protection discourse, and some specific examples of how social protection could promote social inclusion by...

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Gendered Impacts of Globalization: Employment and Social Protection

Resources - Author: Camila Arza, Elissa Braunstein, Kristine Goulding, Sarah Cook, Shahra Razavi / Year: 2012

The last three decades have seen remarkable changes in economic structures and policies both within and across countries, loosely captured by the term globalization. This paper reviews evidence on how key aspects of globalization processes have impacted the real economy, in terms of employment and social conditions of work...

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Human Development Report 2014 – Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience

Resources - Author: UNDP / Year: 2014

The 2014 Human Development Report – Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, according to the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index,...

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Social Protection and Poverty

Resources - Author: Armando Barrientos / Year: 2010

In the last decade, social protection has emerged as a policy framework employed to address poverty and vulnerability in developing countries. This report has two main aims: to provide an overview of social protection, and to provide an assessment of its potential contribution to addressing poverty and vulnerability in...

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A new global partnership: eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development

Resources - Author: High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda / Year: 2013

As a continuity to the MDGs, this report presents a vision and a framework for the post-2015 Development Agenda. It first settles the priority transformations with five transformative shifts (leave no one behind, put sustainable development at the core, transform economies for jobs and inclusive growth, build peace and effective,...

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Poverty and shame: global experiences

Resources - Author: Elaine Chase, Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo / Year: 2014

Poverty and Shame: Global Experiences, edited by Elaine Chase and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo,  explores Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s contention that shame lies at the absolutist core of poverty. It draws on a wealth of empirical evidence to demonstrate how paying greater attention to the psychological and social consequences of poverty...

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The shame of poverty: global perspectives

Resources - Author: Robert Walker / Year: 2014

The Shame of Poverty, edited by Robert Walker, presents comparable evidence from the seven countries, challenges the conventional thinking that separates discussion of poverty found in the Global North from that prevalent in the Global South. It demonstrates that the emotional experience of poverty, with its attendant social and...

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Austerity measures that contravene Conventions by reducing social protection and increasing poverty in Greece

Legal depository - Country: Greece / Body: ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations / Year: 2014

Recalling previous recommendations, the Committee observed that the austerity measures in conjunction with the continuous contractions of the economy, employment and public finances posed a threat to the viability of the Greek national social security system, resulting in the impoverishment of the population, thus undermining the application of all...

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