Workshop organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the OECD Development Centre
Equality, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development
1-2 December 2009
The details of this event are also available in Finnish.
A number of developing countries have achieved impressive rates of growth in the last few years, yet this growth has often been accompanied by rising inequality. This is not an inconsequential side-effect: social inequality could ultimately jeopardise growth and undermine progress towards sustainable development.
The social equality dimension of sustainable development has not received as much attention as the ecological and economic dimensions, but it is equally important.
Gender equality is an important component of overall social equality. Gender equality has received increasing attention in recent years, and has been made a key policy priority by many international organisations and governments alike. As one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, it is closely linked with progress in development, and policy makers recognise its immense importance, both as the realisation of a fundamental human right and in stimulating economic growth.
The workshop will provide a forum to discuss equality issues, with a particular focus on gender, within the development policy debate.
It will engage with policy-makers from developing countries and donor-countries, development practitioners and consultants, the research community, think tanks and NGOs.
Participants can expect to:
• enhance their understanding of the multiple dimensions of equality, and gender equality in particular;
• gain information on the latest trends and statistics on social inequality and gender inequality;
• develop practical tools to recognise unequal structures and implement equality in their work.
The ultimate objective of the workshop is to encourage participants to reflect on how to promote social and gender equality in development work.
The workshop will take place over two days and will cover a number of sessions. While some of these sessions will cover social equality more broadly, other sessions will focus in particular on gender equality.
The first day entitled sustainable societies will be split into two sessions:
• The morning session will answer the questions 'Does inequality matter? What do we know about it? Can we do something about it? Should we?'.
• The afternoon session, 'What can we do? Transforming knowledge into practice' will build on the theory and knowledge discussed in the morning session and focus on policy dialogue. The afternoon session will include a Policy Panel.
The second day will have greater participant involvement and will focus exclusively on the policy options and project management tools that can be used to tackle gender inequalities.
Day 1: Morning Session
Presentation 1: Why does inequality matter? by Johannes Jütting
Presentation 2: Multiple dimensions of inequality and social polarization in developing countries – Trends, causes and policy options by Stefan Klasen
Presentation 3: Presentation: What does equality and inequality mean for a society? by Meryem Aslan
Presentation 4: Kenyan government perspective: Challenges and opportunities in development planning by Katherine Muoki
Day 1: Afternoon Session
Session 1: Presentation on Mainstreaming gender in development cooperation: strategies and tools by Benedetta Magri-Short
Day 2: Focus on Gender
Presentation 1: The evidence from SIGI: gender and social institutions by Johannes Jütting
Presentation 2: Gender equality and national development by Regina Karega
The workshop is jointly organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the OECD Development Centre.
To register for this event please contact Anna Huovila by 25 November 2009.
This event is free of charge.
For further information about the OECD Development Centre's work in this field please contact Johannes Jütting: firstname.lastname@example.org