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Inequalities and Poverty

IDS works with global partners to generate new knowledge and evidence to identify the underlying causes of inequalities and poverty in all their dimensions and the progressive policies and practices that can help bring about transformative change.

Eradicating extreme poverty remains one of the world’s most pressing challenges, and addressing it requires the rising economic, social and political inequalities that harm people in rich and poor countries alike to be tackled.

IDS has also played a prominent part in promoting an approach that puts power at the heart of development analysis and contributed to strengthening understanding of the relationship between power, gender, sexual rights and poverty.

We continue to provide new analysis on inequalities and poverty trends, particularly in relation to the expansion of digital technologies and their impact on the lives of the poorest and most marginalised, and the growth of global cities and what this means for both urban and rural livelihoods, social relations and sustainability. Moreover, we work with governments, civil society, businesses and many others to help ensure this analysis shapes policies and programmes such as social protection and cash transfers to reduce poverty and vulnerability and strengthen livelihoods including agriculture.

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Danny Burns

Professorial Research Fellow

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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John Gaventa

Director of Research

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Publication

Who uses Aid for what?

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


Except for making the rather uninteresting observation that the developed countries sometimes, or often, use what they call 'aid' as an instrument of foreign policy, aid agencies tend to turn a blind eye to the political dimensions of their activities. There are several reasons why this should...

1 March 1972

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From what types of government should poor countries accept what types of Aid?

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


Two broad approaches are possible in commenting upon Dudley Seers's paper. One can accept the terms of his argument and discuss his facts, his logic and his conclusions; or one can reject the basis of his position, dispute his underlying assumptions and pose a different set of questions.

1 March 1972

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What types of government should be refused what types of aid?

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


The defiant gesture of the US Senate in drastically amending the Administration's aid bill, because (inter alia) some liberal Senators had become disillusioned at the persistence of aid to military dictatorships, has given new point to the question posed in the title. All agencies, bilateral and...

1 March 1972

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Editorial: Income Distribution and the Class Struggle

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


Income distribution is a confusing term. What scope is it to be given? Is it to be treated in a purely economic sense, bringing in social and political factors only when they are found to be useful for or obstacles to changing the income differentials in an economy? Is the argument for...

1 March 1972

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Health Services in China

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


In the face of the adverse condition of overpopulation, limited resources and technological backwardness shared by the developing nations, at least one country, the People's Republic of China, is attempting to devise a health system which rejects Western standards of medical care and its...

1 March 1972

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Report on the ODEPLAN/IDS Roundtable: La Via Chilena

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


At the invitation of the Chilean Government, IDS, in cooperation with the Chilean National Planning office (ODEPLAN) organised a round table conference on "The Chilean Road to Socialism", held in Santiago from 23 March - 1 April 1972. This conference was almost unique in the range of its...

1 March 1972

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A Report on the Lima Meeting of the “Group of 77”

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


As the readers of this Bulletin know, the Group of 77 was formed at the time of the first United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1964 as a vast lobby or pressure group to present a united phalanx of developing (aliter underdeveloped) countries arrayed opposite the...

1 March 1972

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Chinese Real Output 1950-1970

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


The most discouraging aspect of any attempt to examine the economic development of China is the lack of any long-term series of basic data. There are, of course, a number of studies [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] which include valuable statistics but until a systematic attempt is made to put all these...

1 March 1972

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Innovation in a Choice of Techniques Context: The Chinese Experience, 1958-1970

IDS Bulletin 4.2-3


Economic development in the People's Republic of China has been predicated on the basis of "technological dualism": the use of both modern, imported, large-scale, capital-intensive industrial technologies and of traditional, native, small-scale, labour intensive technologies, particularly in...

1 March 1972

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The Meaning of Development

Dudley Seers suggests that development is when a country experiences a reduction or elimination of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Edgar Owens (1987) suggested that development is when there is development of people (human development) and not development of things.

Dudley Seers

1 January 1969