Public spending

Public spending

Chhatiya is a young mother who lives in an urban slum in Patna in northeast India. With her husband they were forced into debt to pay private healthcare fees for their new-born son when the public clinic was unable to provide the care he needed.

India: extreme inequality in numbers

While India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it is also one of the most unequal countries. The richest have cornered a huge part of the wealth created while the poor are still struggling to earn a minimum wage and access quality education and healthcare services. Join our campaign and fight inequality today.
Los efectos de El Niño, unidos a los del cambio climático, pondrán a 60 millones de personas en riesgo de padecer hambre.

Closing the divide in Malawi

Inequality between the richest and the rest in Malawi continues to rise, with poverty remaining extreme and endemic. This report presents a vision, roadmap and policy recommendations for a more inclusive, equitable and prosperous Malawi. It shows that inequality is not inevitable but the result of policy choices made by those with power.

Looking at the future: a father holds his daughter as he stands on a site where residents have recently been evicted from nearby luxury apartments in North Jakarta. Photo: Tiara Audina/Antropologi UI

Towards a more equal Indonesia

The gap between the richest and the rest in Indonesia has grown faster in the past two decades than in any other country in South-East Asia. This report shows how President Jokowi could fight inequality by enforcing a living wage for all workers, increasing spending on public services, and making big corporations and rich individuals pay their fair share of tax.

Port de Pointe-Noire in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), supported by a €328m blended finance package. Photo: Congo Terminal Pointe-Noire.

Blended finance: what it is, how it works and how it is used

‘Blending’ combines official development assistance with other private or public resources, in order to ‘leverage’ additional funds from other actors. This report aims to clarify what it is, how it works and how it is used, to foster greater understanding of this increasingly prominent development finance mechanism.

Canal Doi - Canal Te, District 8, Ho Chi Minh city. Photo: Adam Patterson

Even It Up: how to tackle inequality in Vietnam

Vietnam has a strong record of poverty reduction, but today, increasing inequality is threatening decades of progress. To tackle the dangerous gap between rich and poor, Vietnam should urgently implement progressive policies on governance, taxation, public spending, public services, labour rights, and civic engagement.

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