The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty.  The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction.  However, inequality still persists and large disparities remain in access to health and education services and other assets.

Additionally, while income inequality between countries may have been reduced, inequality within countries has risen. There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.


With the highest Gini coefficient in South America, Colombia’s high levels of inequity stand as the largest hindrance for future growth.

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As violence in Sri Lanka rapidly recedes into the past, a variety of actors work within the country to reconcile the remaining divides.

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Transforming Slums and Rebuilding Society

Work directly with TECHO, a youth led organization seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and volunteers in Peru.

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