There is growing consensus on the need to balance economic growth with equity and social justice concerns. Evidence emerges suggesting that neither developmental approaches adopted in the 1960s and 1970s, nor the “structural adjustment” reforms of subsequent decades, have been effective strategies for increasing well-being evenly across society and reducing extreme disadvantages for the poorest and most vulnerable groups.
Policies to address the development challenges countries are facing can be informed by the analysis of the different social and economic dimensions of the development process of countries as well as by insights provided by discussions of country cases as part of a comparison exercise.
Discussions at the ‘Equity and Social Mobility’ workshop will be based on papers addressing central development issues being faced by Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, and South Africa, focusing on the emerging patterns in gainful income and consumption decisions, rural development, ethnic segmentation and the impact of social policies on social mobility trends. Papers will be discussed thoroughly by participants with the aim of drawing lessons and comparative insights to inform policy decision makers for poverty reduction, equity enhancement and the promotion of social mobility.
International Poverty Centre | David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies