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“Conquering inequalities: what role(s) for the AFD and NGOs?”

The 13/11/2017

Inequalities are constantly increasing in most countries, independently of these countries’ levels of wealth and development. Once considered as a central, provisional stage of development, if not as an expression of perpetual, untouchable social structures, inequalities are today recognised for what they are: both a threat for sustainable development and an expression of profound injustices.

Reducing inequalities has therefore become a universal objective for sustainable development, and a goal for both States and development partners. The AFD has included them as a key area in the eight priority projects of its new Strategic Orientation Plan. NGOs ONG have made them a core focus, which today is increasingly echoed.

But what do we know of the effects of the AFD and NGO projects on inequalities? Do they contribute to reducing or increasing them? Which public policies have the greatest impact on inequalities? To what extent is the rights approach, adopted by Nordic countries and a growing number of NGOs, pertinent to work on inequalities? How can we reduce inequalities regarding rights in terms of free speech and political representation? How can we promote the participation of those who are directly concerned by public projects and policies?

To attempt to answer these questions, a seminar will be held on 13 November 2017 at the offices of the Agence Française de Développement. Facilitated by economic journalist Christian Chavagneux, it will bring together a panel of participants from various Organisations and NGOs. GRET will be represented by Marc Lévy, director of Forward Planning.

On Monday 13 November 2017, from 9 am to 6 pm at the Agence Française de Développement, 3 place Louis Armand, 75012 Paris
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