General: Blogs tagged 'inequality'

17 July 2014 | Winnie Byanyima
It could be the opportunity of a generation.The world can be proud of the progress made towards ending poverty - as I see for myself when I visit the toughest places, the cynics have been proven wrong by successful efforts to combat disease, to increase access to drinking water sources, and to get girls into school. But, as Oxfam witnesses in work on the ground, and as the expert number-crunchers attest, the completion of this progress is now jeopardized by extreme inequality. 
8 April 2014 | Françoise Venni
This year the World Economic Forum (or WEF) for the Latin America region was held in Panama. A country where growth levels, which are among the 20 highest in the world, have gone hand in hand with an increase in inequality over the last 4 years – running counter to the rest of the region that has seen inequality decrease.
20 March 2014 | Natalia Alonso
It is a shocking indictment of the system that the 85 richest people on the planet own as much money as the world’s bottom half, and in Europe the top 10 richest people have a combined wealth of €217bn – reveals Natalia Alonso.
12 February 2014 | Winnie Byanyima
International agreement on the need to take action against rising and damaging economic inequality is gathering pace.
10 February 2014 | Claire Godfrey
It was US President Benjamin Franklin who said, in 1789, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Oh how times have changed – at least for a minority. While in the past 200 years, the economic elite have not yet found a way to cheat death, they have been masterful at dodging paying their fair dues in tax.
22 January 2014 | Winnie Byanyima
Emerging from the financial crisis, the global economy is strengthening. Yet around the world most people are still being excluded from opportunities to better themselves and achieve prosperity. Increasingly the biggest benefits of growth are being captured instead by a tiny elite. We live in a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world’s population.
2 January 2014 | Ben Phillips
Ben Phillips, Director of Campaigns and Policy at OxfamGB wants to challenge inequality and start making those with the broadest shoulders carry the heaviest burdens.What I’d like to see improved in 2014 is the balance between those at the very top and the rest of us: if we are to help the "have-nots" then we'll need to challenge the "have-yachts."
28 November 2013 | Amit Sengupta
Recently, government representatives and civil society participants from across the globe came together in New York for the exciting ‘Social Good Summit #2030NOW’ to discuss how technology can improve lives for all of us and find new ways and solutions to end poverty. Reducing poverty is as much a challenge as bridging the growing divide between the rich and the poor.
28 October 2013 | Jim Yong Kim
Six months ago, the World Bank Group established our two goals: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Meeting these goals has become the central purpose of our institution. The goals are ambitious, but we can achieve them -- if we engage all partners.
10 October 2013 | Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva
It’s an important week for the World Bank. A few days ago its president Jim Kim revealed a new strategy to end poverty and boost shared prosperity. A new internal structure to match those ambitions is expected. The new strategy highlights the role of inequality in hampering progress. It says: