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Poverty & Inequality

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More than 1.4 billion people live in poverty so extreme that they can barely survive, and around 25,000 people die from hunger each day whilst a new billionaire is created every second day. The call for a global safety net has never been so urgent - and compels the international community to transform economic priorities and guarantee the universal securing of basic human needs.

Latest Articles

Power vs Poverty

Privatisation, free trade and market forces. . . the rich world insists poor states play by our rules. But they don't work. Is it time to let countries determine their own destinies, asks Duncan Green.

Our Gilded Age

To speak of a second Gilded Age is now a cliche - but as it draws to a close, the real question is 'what happens next?', writes Doug Henwood in The Nation magazines special issue on the New Inequality.

Richly Undeserved

The working class may have failed Marx's vision, but the new 'grave-diggers of capitalism' will almost certainly turn out to be those who have gutted the earth of its treasures.

The Great Silence: Our Gilded Age and Theirs

Google "second Gilded Age" and you will get ferried to 7,000 possible sites where you can learn more about what you already instinctively know. That we are living through a gilded age has become a journalistic commonplace. 

Disappearing the Poor

As if to demonstrate that poverty is now a residual issue in the world, the poor are being slowly eliminated from the imagery of the busy global media.

A First Step for the Global Poor – Shatter Six Myths

Could it be possible to eradicate abject poverty in one lifetime? Ever since it was first asked, the question has seemed an improbable wish – a salve for the heart, untenable to the mind. But today, the answer is as clear as it is imperative: Yes.

Brown's Poverty Plan Must Confront Discrimination Against Women says ActionAid

On the eve of International Women’s Day a new report from ActionAid shows that promises made by the world’s governments to tackle poverty are failing to deliver because the basic rights of women in the developing world are being ignored.

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