Istanbul Development Dialogues 2016: #TalkInequality

9-10 February 2016

 In the village of Razlovci, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, many factories have closed and unemployment is high. Photo: Jodi Hilton / UNDP

Global concerns about inequalities are growing, and for good reason. High and growing inequalities are increasingly understood to undermine prospects for sustainable development through a multitude of channels.

Inequality isn’t new; what is new is the attention it’s getting, particularly in terms of exploring possibilities for moving from rhetoric to policy responses.

However, global narratives on inequalities and how best to address them have not yet fully connected with the transition and developing economies of Europe and Central Asia.*

This is partly because of the region’s post-socialist heritage, which left relatively equal (compared to other developing countries) distributions of income, relatively broad access to social services, and relatively small gender disparities.

Unfortunately, there are worrying signs that these advantages are being lost—and that problems of inequality and vulnerability are growing and converging with those of other regions.

IDD 2016

The Istanbul Development Dialogues (2016): #TalkInequality was held on 9-10 February, 2016.

The event gathered leading experts on inequalities and the post-2015 development agenda, in this region and globally, and explored recent development in research and analysis on inequalities and programming to address them in the region.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia is made up of middle-income countries in which basic development challenges like income poverty, poor health and nutrition, and access to communal services have been largely resolved.

However, positive trends in average income and poverty levels can hide large disparities within or deviations from otherwise positive development trends. By focusing on inequalities, the IDD provided a platform for research, and advocacy, and partnerships to address these disparities.

IDD 2016 (and that of 2015) helped call attention in the region to the “no one left behind” dimensions of Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). They also led to the publication of UNDP’s report on Progress at Risk: Inequalities and Human Development in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia

* Reference is to the programme countries/territories whose development aspirations are supported by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS. These are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (as per UNSCR 1244 (1999)), Kyrgyzstan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.




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