​​​​Equality, Equity and Inclusion

In the SDC Guidance on Leave No One Behind, the SDC Management makes four commitments which include “aiming for transformative change by tackling exclusion, discrimination and inequality", emphasizing how “exclusion and discrimination are the result of deeply rooted power structures and mind-sets resulting in policies and behaviours that tend to entrench existing inequalities". Inequality is not poverty, but inequality – or the absence of fundamental rights, freedoms, and opportunities – is a central characteristic of poverty. Addressing inequalities is not only a moral imperative, but from a social perspective, increasing inequality is seen as an impediment to economic growth and development, poverty eradication efforts and social stability. Reducing inequality is considered a necessity to unleash the human and productive potential of people to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth, especially now as the current pandemic of COVID-19 is exposing grave inequalities:

Everything we do during and after this crisis [COVID-19] must be with a strong focus on building more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change, and the many other global challenges we face.

António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations



To learn more about this topic, explore the links below and the summary of the 2017 learning trajectory on Global Inequalities. 

Further Information


​​> Oxfam report 'The Inequality Virus: Bringing together a world torn apart by coronavirus through a fair, just and sustainable economy' ​​​


> Regional Online SDC Gender Equalit​y and Social Inclusion (GESI) Workshop, 1-3 December 2020​

> Les inégalités au Burkin​a Faso et en​ Tunisie

> ​UN​DESA World Social Report 2020​​ "Inequality in a rapidly changing world"​

> Oxfam report 'Time to Care' on sexist economic systems fuelling inequalities


> Inequalities unwrapped: an urgent call for systemic change

> Publication by Courrier International: Atlas des Inégalités

> ​Oxfam report ‘Public good or private wealth’ published


AFD International Conference 2018 – There is nothing inevitable about inequalities

AFD - A Research Facility to better understand Inequalities

> ​Interview: Inequality debate is highly controversial

> Reward work, not wealth - Oxfam Inequality Report

> Outcomes or opportunities: what shou​ld equality really look like?


> The SDC and Inequalities

> Inclusive Development Index​

> An Economy​ for the 99%​

> Challenging Inequa​lities: Pathways to a Just World

2016 and earlier

> Les Inegalités so​n-elles une Fatalité? Solutions Proposées pour la Société Civile

> Approaches and Policies for Reducing Inequalities

> Reminding Davos Delegates of Global Inequality

> The Inequality Debate: We Can Do Something About It

> Is there Povert​y in Kosovo? An Interview with Teuta Kastrati, Gender and Returnees Officer of Kamenica Municipality, Kosovo

> Wellbeing in Laos