Eastern Africa Regional Meeting on Inequalities

Eastern Africa Regional Meeting on Inequalities

‘Inequalities in the context of Africa’s Structural Transformation’ Dates: 9th -10th August 2016, Nairobi, Kenya Society for International Development (SID) program of work on Inequalities focusses on: – deepening knowledge in select countries; building capacity of citizen groups to advance the establishment of a cohesive constituency in the region, including engaging in African and global […]

The 2030 Agenda, will it Deliver Equality for all?

The 2030 Agenda, will it Deliver Equality for all?

By Judith Kaulem,Poverty Reduction Action Trust,judith@prftzim.org The principle underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be implemented by 2030 is “Leave No One Behind”. This comes at a backdrop of continued gender disparities that disadvantage women and girls, impeding their development and that of humankind. This article argues that linking gender equality with the Sustainable Development […]

An Inequality Take on the Brexit from the ERT

An Inequality Take on the Brexit from the ERT

By Brexit   Reclaim UNCTAD to Uphold Africa’s Structural Economic Transformation Equal Rights Trust Calls for UK Action to Strengthen and Safeguard Right to Equality. Today, following the referendum vote in the United Kingdom (UK) in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) last Thursday, the Equal Rights Trust urges the UK government to take […]

Tackling Inequalities and Promoting Structural Transformation

Tackling Inequalities and Promoting Structural Transformation

There is a dominant narrative in Africa about ‘Africa rising’, however the bulk of the African people are not really feeling this growth in their pockets. Why? What Africa is rising? African growth has doubled the average growth rate of the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2011, six of the world’s fastest growing economies were in […]

AfricaNew UNDP report reveals global inequalities, increasing mortality in Africa

AfricaNew UNDP report reveals global inequalities, increasing mortality in Africa

FRIGHTENING global inequalities means our world is fatally barbed. What is more? Maternal mortality is increasing in Africa, in direct contrast to the state of affairs in the northern hemisphere. Is mockery being made of global efforts to bring about development in specific areas of focus? Well, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seems to think so.

It is the grim reality contained in its new report launched yesterday which ostensibly persuades the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, to conclude that a sustained reduction in inequality also now requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns

Gender equity bill gets thumbs down

Gender equity bill gets thumbs down

A draft law that aims to enforce women filling half the top management positions in both the public and private sectors has been given a resounding thumbs down by business.

Parliament has been holding public hearings on the Women Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill this week. The bill was introduced by the Minister of Women,

Children and People with Disabilities late in 2013 and is intended to help empower women.Gender rights bodies have also slated the bill for excluding gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people. Representatives of organized business say the 50:50 clause will be impossible to implement.Business Unity South Africa’s Vanessa Phala says while the bill’s intentions are good, women are not well represented in industries such as mining, engineering and construction

Inequalities Cause Severe Impact on Children, Warns UNICEF

Inequalities Cause Severe Impact on Children, Warns UNICEF

Despite progress made in the situation of children worldwide, the inequalities continue affecting the quality of life and human rights of millions of children, warned today the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF released here the report Every Children Matters, reflecting that 6.60 million infants Ander five died in 2012, mostly from preventable causes, while some 15 percent of the child population was forced to work, in a scene marked by social exclusion.

Africa: NDP Inadequate to the Task of Addressing South Africa’s Inequality

Africa: NDP Inadequate to the Task of Addressing South Africa’s Inequality

This conception of equity following growth has deep roots in South Africa. One of the earliest incarnations of this idea is from the Mount Fluer Scenarios, which warned of an “Icarus” scenario, where a well-meaning democratic government spends irresponsibly and in the process bankrupts the country. The warning was heeded and successive government plans starting with GEAR (the growth, employment and redistribution macro-economic strategy) have had a singular commitment to growing the economy with the intent of creating more jobs, growing and reprioritising government spending as well as improving skewed economic ownership. The idea runs through GEAR and even finds a place in the putative social compacts reached in the Growth and Development Summit.

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