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Global Development Institute

Prosperity, inequality and poverty

Growth, inequality and poverty

Our work on prosperity and human well-being explores the ways in which inclusive growth, social policies and political action can improve the prospects of poor and disadvantaged people.

Since the turn of the century, a majority of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean have managed to grow their economies, generating jobs and economic opportunity. Growth and redistribution have contributed to a large reduction in extreme poverty and, in some countries, inequality. Improving our understanding of the processes and institutions delivering, or constraining, inclusive growth is urgent as it is essential to building inclusive, fair, prosperous, and democratic societies.

Our research examines the interactions of growth, inequality and poverty. We critically engage with the global development agenda and conduct theoretical, empirical and policy-relevant research on inclusive growth, including urban poverty, social justice, social protection, and the links between environmental change and poverty.

Inclusive growth is essential to building inclusive, fair, prosperous, and democratic societies. Improving our understanding of the processes and institutions delivering, or constraining, inclusive growth is urgent.

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