A differentiated understanding of poverty and its root causes, including those of a structural nature, is fundamental for the design, implementation and monitoring of a programme/project aimed to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner. Here it is important to stress that working with certain groups to the exclusion of others – often those who have the least voice – can contribute to an increase of social inequalities. Not only can this amount to a denial of human rights and thus be morally inacceptable; it can also undermine any chance of sustainable development:
“[...] inequalities matter for the achievement of the MDGs. Inequalities matter at the macroeconomic level because they slow down the pace at which a given rate of growth translates into poverty reduction. They also matter for society at large because they generate high levels of social tensions, crime and conflict, with adverse effects for human wellbeing and progress.”
Naila Kabeer, 2010
In times of the Agenda 2030, this statement has become even more relevant. There is increasing consensus between various develpment agencies such as the World Bank, UNDP, Government Agencies, NGOs and the World Economic Forum (WEF) that inequalities need to be tackled in order to achieve sustainable development along the Agenda 2030. However, the reasons why an emphasis is set on reducing inequalities vary as well as how 'inequality' is defined.
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