Scores of nations have lifted themselves out of poverty and illiteracy, but those signs of broad progress hide crippling inequality and suffering by millions of people left behind, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
The annual public letter from Bill and Melinda Gates has become a much-celebrated event in the global development calendar. But the self-described ‘impatient optimists’ paint a picture that is so selective in its use of facts that it amounts to little more than propaganda for a failing industry, and indeed a failing ideology. The 2017 letter is especially striking for just how out-of-sync it feels with the current zeitgeist.
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Ichiro Kawachi, a physician and epidemiologist at Harvard University about how growing wealth inequality is making us sicker.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo vowed to fight inequality as his top priority for 2017. But Widodo has a massive gap to close, according to a new report by Oxfam today: Just four men own more wealth than the poorest 40 percent of the country – about 100 million people.
Rather than taking our usual tack of interviewing a guest, our small but devoted and talented news team decided that inauguration day for President Donald Trump was an appropriate occasion to highlight some issues we intend to focus on in the coming year.
With 48 hours left as vice president of the United States, Joe Biden delivered his final speech yesterday to an assembly of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people. “The top 1 percent is not carrying their weight,” he said. And while “external actors” pose a threat to democracy, inequality is “undermining support for the liberal international order from inside.”
Shocking new data reveals an “obscene” level of global wealth inequality, far worse than previously thought: Only eight men hold as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity – more than 3.6 billion people. The finding is among other equally jarring numbers in Oxfam’s latest report, released today as political and business leaders gather for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.
The world’s most rich and powerful will gather once again for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Monday to discuss how they can tackle the biggest threats to global development. While the slated theme this year is globalization, the problem of inequality appears to be unavoidable.
Extreme poverty has declined worldwide while wealth inequality in many countries has increased, the World Bank reports, contending that these…
Poverty is increasingly concentrating in Africa, according to a London-based think tank. By 2030, if current trends continue, sub-Saharan Africa…