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Jan Vandemoortele - Equity begins with children

Jan Vandemoortele - Equity begins with children
Presentation given at conference on 17/18 November in honour of Sir Richard Jolly

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  • Equity begins with children Jan Vandemoortele
    • We seek to confirm, not to question, our ideas
    • We tend to oversimplify
    Don't Believe Everything You Think The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking Thomas Kida, 2007
  • All developing countries -7 +7 +9 -3 +10 +11
  • 1990 2009 2015 Global MDG scorecard (as of 2009)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa -5 (-7) +18 (+7) +13 (+9) -5 (-3) +4 (+10) +13 (+11)
  • Africa is not missing the targets, you are missing the point! “ African poverty and stagnation is the greatest tragedy of our time.” Blair Commission for Africa, 2005
  • +2.7 yrs +1.2 yrs
  • Trends in malnutrition – South Asia ( 1995-2009, by quintile )
        • Top 10% : appropriated 91% of gains in income between 1989 and 2006
        • Top 1% : captured nearly 60% of income-growth between 1976-2007
        • Top 0.1% : income share up from 4% to 12% between 1979 and 2006
        • “ [...] the US economy did well, except for the people in it”
  • “ There is no one policy for reducing inequality […] and another for raising national performance. Reducing inequality is the best way of doing both” The Spirit Level – Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better Wilkinson & Pickett, 2009
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  • “ In fact, a more equal society has a greater likelihood of sustaining longer-term growth ” F&D, September 2011 Editor-in-Chief
  • “ Salvation does not depend on what we do but on who we are ” Meister Eckhart early 14 th century
  • Mughal Shah Jahan 1592-66 Queen Ulrika-Eleonora 1656-93 “ No hay camino, se hace camino al andar ”
  • The best leaders are not more visionary or more creative; Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos & Luck – why some thrive despite them all Collins & Hansen, 2011 they are more disciplined and more empirical”