Tackling Inequality is a game changer for business and private sector development (which is why most of them are ignoring it)

Oxfam’s private sector adviser Erinch Sahan is thinking through the implications of inequality for the businesses he interacts with Mention inequality to a business audience and one of two things happens. They recoil in discomfort, or reinterpret the term – as social sustainability or doing more business with people living in poverty. Same goes for the […]

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Interview with Regina Kiriutina, ECSN BRICSAM Russia and GCAP Russia Coordinator

Regina Kiriutina is a program officer for GCAP Russia and a coordinator for the ECSN BRICSAM Program in the Russian Federation. She is a gender equality advocate and recently attended the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Antalya, Turkey and a workshop on engaging with the G20 in Beijing China hosted by CSN BRICSAM partner, the Social […]

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The TPP and Inequality

By Will Lasky ECSN BRICSAM Program Officer On Feb 4. 2015 12 nations signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Among BRICSAM countries, Mexico is a signatory and Indonesia has declared its intent to join1. While proponents 2 argue that TPP will further humanitarian causes, critics have countered that the TPP deal will further a corporatist […]

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Does the Idea of Choice Reinforce Inequality?

By Will Lasky ECSN BRICSAM Program Officer For Richer…or Poorer? The Capture of Growth and Politics in Emerging Economies, presents some staggering data plus case studies charting the exponential increase of elite wealth in BRICSAM countries.  According to the report: “If the top is dissected into even-smaller fractions, and each of these fractions is divided […]

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For Richer… or Poorer? The Capture of Growth and Politics in Emerging Economies

In the rapidly emerging economies, inequality remains the biggest challenge International attention this week has yet again focused on increasing economic inequality at a global level. It is scandalous that in 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people.[1] A new report, ‘For Richer or Poorer: The Capture of Growth and […]

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BRICSAM Civil Society Networks Denounce Corporate Capture of Health and Food Sectors

  (Geneva, Nov. 18th 2015) – At the opening of the UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva, civil society networks from Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico (ECSN-BRICSAM networks) expressed their concern with the undue influence exerted by corporations over global governance and national decision-making processes and the resulting prevalence […]

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Income inequalities in emerging economies can exacerbate inequalities between men and women

Blog by Daria Ukhova, Ph.D student, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences and Inequality policy consultant for Oxfam GB  Originally posted at http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/blog/2015/09/why-the-moral-imperatives-for-womens-empowerment-trump-economic-reasons  Why the moral imperatives for women´s empowerment trump economic reasons What are the effects of inequitable economic growth on gender inequality? Researcher, Daria Ukhova, shares evidence of how income inequalities in emerging economies can […]

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For Richer… or Poorer? The Capture of Growth and Politics in Emerging Economies

The emerging economies Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Turkey – in short, the BRICSAMIT – have come to be considered the economic powerhouses of recent decades, fostering a narrative of the growth of the South. Not only have these countries managed to reduce poverty; most have embarked on a steep economic growth path and […]

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As negotiations at the Financing for Development Conference begin, Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima asks: can we reach a point where no one is left behind?

This article was originally posted at: http://news24africa.com/ I like the story I heard recently from Donald Kaberuka of the African Development Bank, who quoted a Senegalese taxi driver exclaiming: “I can’t eat GDP!” Many ordinary people across the world will recognise this sentiment. A growing economy may be celebrated; but not when the spoils of growth are […]

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Tax policies in three of world’s largest emerging economies jeopardizing efforts to fight inequality

Press release from Addis Ababa: New research comparing tax policies in Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil has revealed how national tax policies reinforce inequality, and how the broken international tax system is amplifying the problem. A new report ´Cross-country research on tax policy and inequality: A Comparative study of Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil’ produced […]

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