Written by Andrew Shepherd, Director of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network.
“The synthesis report from the consultation proposes an Inequalities goal, inserting the language of inequality into other goals, and a set of indicators. While an inequality goal would be the most useful possible outcome for the poorest in the post 2015 framework, I suspect the politics of this will be difficult (especially for successful East Asian and other countries where inequality is increasing from a low base). The major policy responses benefiting the poorest, most disadvantaged people are at the national level, so the heaviest obligations to reduce inequality would lie there. The inequalities consultation has been mainly with people who are already committed to reducing inequalities. The proposals will now need to go out and be discussed by politicians, civil servants and eventually diplomats who may be much less committed to reducing inequalities. There are few countries which have systematically reduced key inequalities during recent history. Brazil is a critical example demonstrating it can be done, but Brazil’s efforts have been steered by an elected leftist government supported by a deep political movement, conditions which are hard to replicate.”
Read the blog in full on the CPAN website: ‘Inequalities and the post-2015 development framework’