It is only by addressing income inequality that African countries can achieve decisive progress towards poverty reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) study on Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences.
The study indicates that in spite of solid economic progress over the last 25 years, illustrate by robust GDP growth of about 5.0 percent, poverty level remains very high in Africa – 41 percent compared to other developing regions. It further states adds that although sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) achieved an average reduction in its unweighted Gini coefficient—from about 0.47 to 0.43 between 1991 and 2011— the region remains one of the most unequal in the world – with 10 its counties listed among the 19 most unequal in the world.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. To mark the occasion, the President of the UN General Assembly has convened a high-level event to take stock of progress and discuss what more needs to be done.
It’s a good time for all of us to consider why it’s important to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. Here are 10 things we all should know about indigenous people.
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