UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Scanning the Equity Horizon - Issue # 5

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AUTHOR Division of Policy and Practice
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TYPE Journal Article
DATE 2012
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Welcome to the fifth issue of Scanning the Equity Horizon – a periodic newsletter from UNICEF’s Division of Policy and Practice that presents recent research and publications on equity and development. 

In this issue we are exploring the question of how changes in inequality affect achievements in poverty reduction. As most authors featured in this issue note, economic growth does not always translate into poverty reduction. Some countries achieved high economic growth but relatively low reductions in poverty, while other countries realized substantial improvement in their poverty rates despite low economic growth. The key mediating factor appears to be the degree of inequality.

One of the key takeaways is that progress can be made in reducing inequality of opportunity even in the absence of significant growth, and that while policies to promote broad based economic growth are fundamental to overall social development, the benefits of growth do not automatically reach the poorest and most marginalized. There exists, therefore, a need for direct interventions that exclusively benefit the socially and economically excluded


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