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This new report looks at the macroeconomic effect of wages and in particular at how current trends are linked to equitable growth.

The gap between wage growth and labour productivity growth is widening - and labour's income share is declining ...

Can inequality undermine progress? Growth?

Redistribution appears generally benign in terms of its impact on growth. There is no big trade-off between redistribution and growth.

When the IMF is saying this in a new report, this news! But beware, it remains the IMF ...

World Social Situation 2013: new report from the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs: it is possible to fight inequality, it is possible to reverse the current situation...

New UNDP report on inequality in developing countries

Almost half of the world's wealth is going to the richest 1 % ... You cannot fight poverty if you do not fight inequality ... Oxfam puts the focus on truths that have been analysed twenty years ago already. At that time, most NGOs were happy with the focus on poverty reduction and did not want to see this was totally compatible with neoliberal policies. Let us hope we can now work on inequality and decent social protection.

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The not so bright future for jobs ...

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The New 'Global Risks' Report of the World Economic Forum: economists have discovered the inequality problem and consider it 'a global risk'. Very improbable though they will conclude that high incomes have to be lowered ...

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Risk management can be a powerful instrument for development ... it can unlock opportunities and protect the poor ...

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Social security for women in India, despite the existence of multiple Government sponsored schemes, is an issue that has not yet been tackled efficiently as these schemes still fail to reach the most marginalised women in society. Due to a series of systemic failures, women’s lives and work are adversely impacted in both the productive and reproductive domains. There is, thus, an urgent need to efficiently implement social security schemes for women in order to counter their vulnerability in our society.

What are the social security needs of women in India? What are the gaps in the social security discourse for women in India? How can these gaps be bridged? How can the social security system in India recognise and honour women’s rights to social security in their individual capacities as rights-holders apart from their position in a household, their age or marital status? How can the women have platforms to share their concerns and influence policy-making? How can social security concerns promote livelihood security for women and help them move up the value chain of production and marketing? How can social security systems in India redistribute the burden of caring for the family, children and the elderly that is exclusively shouldered by women?

These were some of the very important questions explored at Conference on Women’s Social Security and Protection in India on 6–7 May 2013, New Delhi organised by The Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), in collaboration with UN-Women, Heinrich Böll Foundation, ILO and UNSW. This report captures the discussions and deliberations that took place among over 170 delegates from over 16 states as they participated together to identify and unpack various perspectives on the issue of social security for women in India. These participants brought together a diverse range of participants from the Government, trade unions, women’s organisations and UN agencies on a common platform.

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The least developed countries (LDCs) face a stark demographic challenge, as their population is projected to double to 1.7 billion by 2050. The LDC youth population (aged 15 to 24 years) is expected to soar from 168 million in 2010 to 300 million by 2050, when one in four youths worldwide will live in an LDC.

 

The LDC working-age population will increase by 16 million people each year. Given the clear demographic challenges, the LDCs will need to make significant efforts to generate a sufficient quantity of jobs and offer decent employment opportunities to their young population. If this is not achieved, the likelihood is that poverty, social instability and international emigration rates will rise.

 

Against this background, the Report considers how LDCs can promote growth that generates an adequate number of quality jobs and enables them to reach what UNCTAD believes are their most urgent and pivotal goals: poverty reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable development.

 

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