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RT02 - Reducing inequalities: trends in global inequality and what can be done

Convened by Carlos Gradín (University of Vigo) on behalf of United Nations University World Institute for Economic Development (UNU-WIDER)

This roundtable aims to have an open dialogue among the development community on how we can best achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 10) on reducing inequality. The world needs urgent action. On the one hand, we need to know the facts, the main trends in inequality over time, both between countries and within countries, globally and locally. On the other hand, we also need to have a good understanding of what drives inequality at the national and international levels and how national policies together with international cooperation can best fight it.

In this roundtable, we will discuss the main lessons from the work within the UNU-WIDER project on the World Income Inequality Database (WIID) and will bring together other institutions with a strong engagement with the analysis of inequality, such as the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR), the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities, and the OECDCommunity of Practice on Poverty and Inequalities (CoP-PI), to share their own views.

Anda David (Senior Researcher at the French Development Agency, AFD)
Carlos Gradín (Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Vigo)
Murray Leibbrandt, Director of ACEIR and of SALDRU (University of Cape Town); Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
Julie Seghers, Policy Analyst on Poverty and Inequalities, OECD Development Co-Operation Directorate