Inequality and exclusion harm society in a number of ways, ranging from fraying trust in institutions and increasing volatility in politics, to causing economic damage, physical insecurity, and higher rates of crime and suicide. This discussion brief lays out an array of tangible costs to show that inequality is damaging not only on normative, but also social and economic grounds. The areas of analysis include public health problems, impacts on safety and security, and the economic effects of GPD gaps caused by discrimination and unequal opportunity.
In this new report, Resource Matters and the Congo Research Group tell the story of the negotiations around the world's largest hydroelectric site, the Inga III Dam project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report argues that there is currently no guarantee that the Congolese population will benefit from the electricity generated by the planned power plant.
Leah Zamore, director of CIC's Humanitarian Crises program, has co-authored a new book, The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime, with T. Alexander Aleinikoff, director of The New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility.
On September 24, a group of world leaders came together to respond to the UN Secretary-General’s call for a decade of accelerated actions for Sustainable Development Goals by releasing a statement that affirms their commitment to promote equality and inclusion. At the invitation of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, heads of state and government from Ethiopia, Spain, Sierra Leone, and Namibia; the Vice President of Indonesia, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, and the Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste; and representatives from Uruguay and Tunisia gathered in the SDG Action Zone for a photo celebrating the release the statement, which was also endorsed by the Republic of Korea.