Thursday, June 2, 2011

Child Poverty Insights 13 - Combating Poverty and Inequality

In this month’s Child Poverty Insights, Sarah Cook , Director, United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD) highlights some of the main messages from the UNRISD Report of the same title.

Cook discusses some of the factors that account for the persistence of poverty and inequality, and the reasons why some countries have been more successful than others in reducing poverty and inequality. She states that poverty and inequality are not mutually exclusive, hence they cannot be dealt with in isolation to each other. In fact, she emphasizes the importance of reducing inequality for poverty reduction. Based on the report, she puts forth some recommended strategies for socially inclusive structural changes that generate employment, social policies emphasizing universal rights and social cohesion, and political arrangements that are sensitive to the needs of the poor population. She also discusses how social policy can impact poverty and inequality in low-income countries, and especially child poverty. Finally she talks about why it is essential to take politics and power relations into account in order to reduce poverty and inequality.

This issue of Child Poverty Insights is available for download in English, French and Spanish.