Welcome to the South-South Global Thinkers e-discussion focusing on "Inequality in Human Development" to be held from 18 June to 12 July 2019.

The Human Development Report (HDR) 2019 will tackle the issue of inequality in human development and will focus on understanding the dimensions of inequality most important to people’s well-being, and what influence these dimensions. The report will go beyond income disparities and study other dimensions such as education, health, access to technologies, and exposure to climate-related and economic shocks. The Report aims for the most comprehensive global analysis of inequality in human development to date, built upon the longstanding leadership of Human Development Report Office (HDRO) in tracking development beyond income and a new Partnerships with global leaders in the field. The new HDR adapts and expands the human development framework to the analysis of inequalities. The main innovations will be:

  • A new framework of analysis that embraces the complexity of today’s world, able to identify new trends and forms of inequality.
  • The use of new sources of data and the assessment of the role of the Technological Revolution.
  • A policy-oriented analysis of the causes and consequences of inequality, leading to forward-looking action at the global and national levels.

This e-discussion seeks to address the different regional experiences and historical pathways that have created current patterns of inequalities by encouraging inputs and insights from Southern-based think tanks and NGO networks on the issue of inequality. In particular, the e-discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • What are the key challenges that place inequality as development priority in the global South?
  • What impact will current global trends have on existing inequality and what can be done to mitigate them?
  • What good practices in new data,policy interventions and innovations are available that can be shared within the framework of South-South learning and cooperation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of including Northern countries in triangular cooperation arrangements, considering the current patterns of inequality between and within countries?

The e-discussion will be moderated by Dr. Tanni Mukhopadhyay. Senior Researcher and Policy Specialist and Dr. Christina Lengfelder, Research Analyst at the Human Development Report Office, UNDP. The facilitation will be coordinated by UNOSSC. 

Contributions to the e-discussion will feed inputs to the HDR 2019. Additionally, a Consultation with Southern-based Think Tanks for the 2019 Human Development Report will be organized on July 18 2019 in New York during the High-level Political Forum. Select participants from each think tank network will be invited to attend this special consultation.

We look forward to your active participation in the e-discussion. To contribute in Spanish, please use this link