Equality: The Linchpin of Successful Development?

Inequality has plagued global society for centuries. The ugly reality of this surfaces in many places - gender, race, education, income, health, human rights and more. It can be argued that one of the most profound and damaging consequences of inequality is economic instability, and the political and social instability that often accompany it. Of major concern is that, while global trends show there has been genuine reduction in poverty, wide gaps between and within countries persist and are often getting bigger. In other words, in too many places the rich are getting richer and the poor are being left behind.

Growing inequality is increasingly realised to be a serious problem, contributing to the vicious cycle of poverty, and acting as a brake on developing economies. The detrimental effects of income inequality can be immense - poor people continue to be marginalised, are unable to access the health services and education they require, and are prevented from having their voices heard in civil society. Beyond this, inequality can also cause social unrest and conflict, discouraging investment needed by struggling economies.
Remarkably, some countries are managing to successfully tackle this issue in innovative ways. Brazil, for example, has demonstrated that a country’s economy can grow while at the same time reducing inequality. This is in stark contrast to developed countries like the U.S. and Australia, where increased economic growth has not resulted in decreased inequality.
So what are the key contributors to inequality? What are the obstacles we face when trying to achieve equality and economic security? And what strategies can be adopted by governments, corporations and aid agencies to support the journey toward a more equitable world?
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  • Venue James O Fairfax Theatre,
  • Date & time 12/11/2013 6:00:00 PM 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Equality: The LInchpin of Successful Development?