In response to the new Labour policy paper ‘A World for the Many, Not the Few’, Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), said:
We welcome the commitment to a dual approach of tackling rising inequalities and extreme poverty, and to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals both at home and abroad.
Our work at IDS has shown that inequalities exist globally across gender, environment, access to knowledge and technology, wealth and political power. It is important to recognise that achieving change in the future will take responses to these inequalities at all levels, from the grassroots to national and global governance.
We would argue that there needs to be more focus, across all parties, on the opportunities and risks that advancing digital technologies pose to all areas of development, particularly in relation to the future of work and governance, accountability and citizen voice.
We would also emphasise the need to invest in robust and contextually-grounded research to ensure that development policies have the best chance of tackling the world’s most pressing and complex global challenges.
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