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The Research Facility on Inequalities, implemented by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and funded by the European Union, is coming to an end after 3 years, with 23 research projects and 150 publications produced. The final conference outlining its results will take place online 22 to 25 March 2021 and will feature keynote speeches from Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, renowned experts, and high-level representatives from partner countries.
The Research Facility on Inequalities was designed to deepen the understanding of socio-economic inequalities in low- and middle-income countries and analyse the public policy and development policy levers for reducing them.
The 23 research projects focused primarily on economic and social inequalities while exploring various topics such as health, education, taxation, and perceptions on inequalities. These projects were conducted jointly with research centres around the world in coordination with partner governments and development cooperation institutions. Read a booklet about the facility here
The conference is organised by AFD with the support of the European Commission and will share the results of the Facility’s studies, discuss them with a wide audience and spark debates on the strategies to reduce inequalities. It will also be an opportunity to present the second phase of this Facility, which will accompany partner countries in designing and implementing innovative policies to reduce inequalities.
The participants will be drawn frompartner researchers, academic experts, practitioners and policymakers, and all will exchange their views on these results and on which policies can contribute to the reduction of inequalities.
The conference will be opened by Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner of International Partnerships and Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
It will take place online over four days, and participants will be able to choose which sessions to follow, based on their interests. The dedicated webpage for the conference allows participants to connect and follow each session, navigate between parallel ones, ask written questions, discuss and network. The conference will be broadcasted in both English and French.