Mario Negre: is the EU doing enough to tackle inequality?

29 Oct

Speaking at the European Development Days 2012, Mario Negre – Researcher at German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) – says It makes little sense to stop collaborating where the poor are. We need to continue to tackle inequality in middle-income countries. They may have money, but they have lots of people who are not participating in the growth process. Listen to interview.

Mario Negre


Paul Engel: what concrete measure could the EU enact to tackle inequality in developing countries?

29 Oct

Speaking at the European Development Days 2012, Paul Engel – Director of the European Centre for Policy Development Management – says that to tackle inequality the EU must focus on partnerships that are rich in sharing experience towards achieving global goals. Listen to interview.

Paul Engel

Rilli Lappalainen: challenges creating a coherent EU development policy on inequality

29 Oct


At the European Development Days 2012, Rilli Lappalainen – Secretary General of the Finnish NGO platform Kehys – explores what is needed for creating a coherent EU development policy on inequality.  Listen to interview.
Rilli Lappalainen

Confronting inequality in developing countries: what steps could the EU take?

15 Oct

Written by Mark Furness and Mario Negre

When it comes to internal EU affairs, the European Commission is committed to social cohesion — which means, among other things, reducing economic inequality. However, that same commitment has not materialised to any great extent beyond Europe, in EU international development cooperation. Continue reading

Confronting inequality: from brown to green growth?

11 Oct

Written by Niels Keijzer – European Centre for Development Policy Management

Like poverty, inequality is multidimensional. Limits to political freedom, access to land, migration and environmental aspects all contribute to income inequality and exacerbate its effects. Discussions at the Rio+20 summit last June focused on these interlinkages and on ways to achieve greater integration among the 3 pillars of sustainable development – the economic, the social and the environmental. The High-Level Panel organised by the European Think Tanks Group during next week’s European Development Days will look into how the European Union could help address the existing gaps through its development cooperation and beyond. Continue reading

The differentiation debate: Does the EU have responsibility for helping to tackle poverty and inequality in middle-income countries?

3 Oct

Written by Svea Koch and Siân Herbert

The need for greater differentiation between partner countries and the extent to which middle-income countries (MICs) should continue to receive EU aid have become contentious issues in the EU’s ongoing process of modernising EU development policy. While there is wide acknowledgement that a changing development landscape requires donor agencies to better adapt their approaches to the varying levels of development of partner countries (‘differentiation‘), there seems to be less agreement on the nature of these changes and how exactly the EU should respond to them.

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Effective promotion of inclusive growth in developing countries starts at home

24 Sep

Written by Oladiran Bello and Niels Keijzer

The debates on how to reduce poverty and inequality in developing countries intersect recent economic and political challenges in Europe on at least two broad levels.

First, swinging budget cuts and reduction in social welfare spending within the EU are contributing to rising domestic poverty in the short- and medium-term. Compared to a 1985 baseline, inequality had increased in 2008 for 17 out of 22 OECD members, and Eurostat measures that in 2009 16.3% of the EU population was at risk of poverty. Continue reading