Inequality & Exclusion

Across the world, people are demanding action to tackle the rising inequalities and divisions that erode our societies and undermine human progress. National policies and international cooperation demonstrate that together we can build just and equal societies.

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The Pathfinders' Grand Challenge on Inequality & Exclusion is a cross-regional alliance of countries, civil society, and multilateral partners seeking to identify practical, politically-viable solutions to combat inequality, exclusion, and divisions at the national and international level, and advocating for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda targets for more equitable and inclusive societies (SDG16+). Learn more about Pathfinders' I&E initiatives.

  • New partnership between AFSEE and NYU’s Center on International Cooperation to collaborate on tackling inequality

    The Center on International Cooperation has launched a new partnership with Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE), a fully-funded fellowship program at the London School of Economics. As part of the new partnership, AFSEE Senior Fellows will have the opportunity to take part in Visiting Fellowships, which will allow for collaboration with researchers from the Center on International Cooperation on an inequalities-related research project during a three to four week stay at NYU in New York City.

  • President of Namibia, Chief Minister of Sierra Leone, and other world leaders call for bolder action on inequality and SDG10 at UNGA

    World leaders came together on the sidelines of the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit to urge for more global attention to addressing inequality. In a joint statement, they highlighted the urgency to save the inequality global goal (SDG10) and dramatically accelerate efforts to reduce inequality by adopting bolder targets and having more accurate tracking mechanisms. Inequality “undermines all our social and environmental goals,” and if we do not recommit to bridging the growing gap between the richest and the rest, “the goals of ending poverty and preventing climate breakdown will be in clear conflict.”


  • From Rhetoric to Action: Delivering Equality & Inclusion

    The flagship report of the Pathfinders Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion is about solutions and how they can be implemented.

  • An Age of Crises: Prospects for inequality and division

    The double shock of the COVID-19 pandemic followed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been accompanied by an uptick in income and social inequalities. Looking across six areas—food and fuel shortages, inflation, debt distress, extreme climate-related events, and political unrest—there are very few countries that escape the reach of at least one crisis. New research from the Pathfinders team shows that in those countries for which complete data exists across six crises (90 in total), eight countries are at risk for being impacted by all crises at the same time. 72 out of these 90 countries (or 80 percent) are at high or moderate risk of suffering from at least three crises at the same time.

  • Solidarity Taxes in the Context of Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

    There are multiple examples of solidarity taxes imposed across country contexts over previous decades.



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