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Updated EU policy to tackle inequalities in developing countries

A Commission orientation paper sets out opportunities to better integrate the reduction of inequality into EU development cooperation. Reducing social and economic inequalities is a necessary condition for sustainable poverty reduction and social cohesion, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Inequality in its various dimensions is a major brake on economic growth and poverty reduction, as well as a threat to many other aspects of sustainable development, such as social cohesion and resilience, respect for the rule of law, conflict prevention, and environmental protection. Failure to tackle these challenges in turn exacerbates existing inequalities, since they have a disproportionate impact on poor people.

The EU actively supports its partner countries through policies and initiatives that help tackle inequality in its various forms

 

The reduction of inequality is a clear EU priority, both internally, as enshrined in EU treaties and reflected in the European Pillar of Social Rights, and externally, as the new European Consensus on Development makes it a priority of EU development policy to eradicate poverty, tackle discrimination and inequality, and leave no one behind. Sustainable Development Goal 10 is dedicated to ‘Reduce inequality within and among countries’, placing inequality firmly on the international development agenda.

The EU actively supports its partner countries through policies and initiatives that help tackle inequality in its various forms. The inequality challenge is at the crossroads of the three dimensions of sustainable development: the social, the economic and the environmental.

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Global income inequality, 1988-2013.

This is the background of the new orientation paper - Implementation of the new European Consensus on Development – Addressing inequality in partner countries.

The paper sets out opportunities to better integrate the reduction of inequality into EU development cooperation. The document highlights the many opportunities that exist today to enhance the impact of the EU’s policies on inequality, further mainstreaming inequality in the programme and project cycle, and strengthening partnerships, data and knowledge.

Find the Commission Staff Working Document on Implementation of the new European Consensus on Development – Addressing inequality in partner countries here. For more information on inequalities in EU International Cooperation and Development visit our webpage on ‘Reducing inequality’.

Also, visit the webpage of the Research facility to better understand inequalities, supported by the EU and implemented by the French Agency for Development (AFD). The facility aims to better understand how inequalities are created and their consequences in order to improve public decision making, by producing research papers and policy briefs for evidence based public policies relating to inequality.