The Cost of Inequality – Asia’s Poor and Children left behind? What should be the way forward post-MDGs 2015? |

The Cost of Inequality – Asia’s Poor and Children left behind? What should be the way forward post-MDGs 2015?

Synopsis:

In the past decade, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have facilitated huge strides in tackling major issues such as poverty, child mortality, and maternal mortality. However, there are some persistent problems that the MDGs have not yet addressed, most notably the scourge of inequality.

Save the Children recently released a report “Born Equal: How reducing inequality could give our children a better future”. The research, based on eight case studies, demonstrates the cost of inequality to children. It reveals the growing gap between the richest and the poorest children in critical sectors such as health.

The Asian Trends Monitoring (ATM) team’s field research on Southeast Asian urban poverty had similar findings. Their results reveal huge service deficiencies in slums and poor neighbourhoods compared to their richer counterparts. In their “urban poverty” bulletin series, the team analyses the findings and looks for new ways to improve basic service provision for the poor.

The implication of these findings is clear: going forward, it is necessary to develop a new paradigm for poverty alleviation that places reduction of inequalities as top priority.

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Speaker(s):

Mr. Michel Anglade, Campaigns & Advocacy Director, Asia Save the Children;
Mr. Johannes Loh, Research Associate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy;
Mr. Taufik Ramadhan Indrakesuma, Research Associate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date:
Friday, 18 January 2013
Time:
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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