Inequalities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda


Income inequalities between and within countries have worsened in recent decades. Gender inequalities are narrowing at a snail’s pace. Citizenship and location continue to determine life chances, despite the increasing integration of economies. Policy instruments to promote equality of outcome have largely been neglected in the name of approaches to claim to create equality of opportunity. This has failed to stem the tide of inequality. Current social discontent and distrust of government highlight the urgency of addressing inequality head-on: it should be high on the post-2015 development agenda, both as a goal in itself and reflected in targets for other goals.


Razavi, S. Inequalities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development), Geneva, Switzerland (2012) 4 pp. [UNRISD Research and Policy Brief No. 15]

Inequalities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Published 1 January 2012