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Can developing countries use taxation to reduce inequality?
Marble pillars
J.-L. Dugast / Panos Pictures
Designing appropriate tax policy is crucial for ensuring governments can maximise revenues for a functioning (welfare) state. However, it can have a further benefit - reducing inequality between its citizens. In this article, Bruno Martorano outlines how tax policies in Latin America have successfully tackled the problem of income equality within the region and highlights lessons for developing country contexts. 

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Arab countries between Winter and Spring: where democracy shock goes next!
H. Abdel-Latif; T. Mishra; A. Staneva / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
In recent years while the centrality of democracy in almost every facet of economic and social life has been well-established, the attention has now shifted towards capturing and modelling the possible ways a change in democratic sett...
Political instability, uncertainty, democracy, and economic growth in Egypt
H.E.M. Abdelkader / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
This paper aims to determine if there is a relationship between political instability, uncertainty, and political regime, on the one hand, and economic growth in Egypt, on the other. According to the literature, there is a relationshi...
To protect or to intervene?: contesting R2P as a norm in South Africa’s foreign policy
A. Bizos / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
The “responsibility to protect” (R2P) allows international community to intervene when states are unable or unwilling to protect their citizens from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This ...
Women in Power: Beyond Access to Influence in a Post-2015 World
Nath P / Voluntary Service Overseas, 2013
One of the deepest and most persistent fault lines of poverty and inequality in the world today is the lack of power that women have to influence decision making compared to men. The post-2015 framework must include a clear and robust...
Measuring progress on women’s participation and influence in decision-making in the SDGs: Recommendations to the Inter-agency and Expert Group and UN Member States
M Vlahakis; A Hunt; C Ballantine / Gender and Development Network, 2015
A new publication launched by Womankind, in partnership with the UK Gender and Development Network (GADN), sets out recommendations on global indicators for measuring women’s participation and leadership under the Sustainable De...
Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
United Nations, 2015
On 1 September, the General Assembly adopted a historical resolution (A/69/L.85) welcoming the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and transmitting to its 70th session an outcome document enti...
South African foreign policy and the UN Security Council: assessing its impact on the African peace and security architecture
C. Alden / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
South Africa (SA)’s two terms – 2007–2008 and 2011–2012 – as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) has received limited scholarly attention. This paper examines the globalisation of SA&...
India exclusion report 2013-14
Centre for Equity Studies, 2014
By consolidating and generating knowledge around exclusion, the India Exclusion Report seeks to inform public opinion and debate on these issues, and to influence the political class and policy makers towards more inclusive, just and ...
A serene look at the SDGs
J. Vandemoortele / Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, 2015
Almost two years in the making, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by UN member states in August 2015. Before they are called ‘ground breaking’, ‘momentous’ or ‘historic’, a dispas...
Public spending efficiency, governance, and political and economic policies: is there a substantial causal relation? Evidence from selected MENA countries
R. Brini; H. Jemmali / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
This paper seeks a robust methodology for the estimation of the relative public spending efficiency of eleven Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries over the period 1996-2011. Using the non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis ...
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