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Developing inequality diagnostic tools - Visuel -
This project seeks to contribute to the goals of the research facility on inequalities through the analysis of multidimensional inequalities in Burkina Faso and Vietnam. The project will address the following key questions: What are the most relevant inequalities in Burkina Faso and Vietnam? What are the most critical inequality drivers in Burkina Faso and Vietnam? What policies should national governments in Burkina Faso and Vietnam prioritize to foster inequality reduction?

Despite a significant progress in Burkina Faso and in Vietnam in terms of growth, poverty reduction and even inequality reduction, efforts on inequality and human development issues still to be done.

According to recent studies, in Burkina Faso income inequality increased between 1994 and 1998 (when the Gini coefficient peaked from 48.07 to 49.94), and significantly dropped after that period, reaching a Gini coefficient of 35.30 in 2014. Nevertheless, data masks the disparities that persist among the different income groups on the income distribution scale. In 2014, the wealthiest 20% of the population still concentrated 44% of the income, while the remaining 80% of the population shared the remaining 56% of wealth.

In Vietnam, nearly 30 million people have been lifted above the official poverty line" over the last three decades, and the country's human development index (HDI) has risen significantly. However, data shows that income inequality in Vietnam has increased over the last two decades. According to the World Bank, the Gini index rose from 35.7 to 38.7 from 1992 to 2012. Besides, in 2014, there were 210 super-rich individuals in the country whose combined wealth stood around $20bn, which is equivalent to 12% of the country's GDP. In fact, according to Oxfam-Vietnam calculations, the richest man in Vietnam earns more in a day than the poorest Vietnamese earns in 10 years.


This project is part of the European Facility for a research program on Inequalities in Developing and Emerging Countries, which is coordinated by the AFD. Financed by the Development Cooperation Instrument of the European Union, this facility enables to implement 20 research projects over the 2017-2020 period, in partnership with donors and research centers from the South to the North. 



On one side, the pilot project in Burkina Faso seeks to better understand the current state of inequalities in the country and improve the strategic responses from Oxfam, key stakeholders and development institutions to tackle inequalities; by strengthening the dialogue between stakeholders (State, CSO, citizens) and finding appropriate solutions to the challenge. The specific goals are as follows:

  • Test the implementation of the Multidimensional Inequality Framework (MIF) in Burkina Faso to learn about inequalities;
  • Provide Oxfam in Burkina and development institutions with recommendations or ways to improve its strategic intervention in front of inequalities;
  • Introduce in the public sphere the debate on inequalities.

On the other side, the goal in Vietnam is to adopt a multidimensional approach to provide convincing analysis on inequality. This will focus especially on inequality of opportunities and voice in order to use this as a process to engage with relevant stakeholders, especially in the debates on policy options to tackle inequality, and in mid-term to use the MIF as a way to influence monitoring of SDG 10 in the country.

The specific goals are as follows:

  • The "Oxfam Vietnam Inequality Framework" is developed, piloted and adopted to the Vietnamese context;
  • The OVIF is used as a tool to enhance in-depth understanding on multiple dimensions of inequality (paying special attention to inequality in voices and opportunity) and identify concrete policy gaps to tackle inequality in Vietnam;

The OVIF research findings and methodology are shared with policy makers, research institutes, and other development institutions.


The Multidimensional Inequality Framework is designed to capture the multidimensional nature of inequality, which is experienced across a number of 7 life domains, and that there are many different forms of inequality (such as concentrations of wealth, pay gaps, dispersion of income, social gradients in mortality, and greater social isolation experienced by the elderly). Within each of the 7 life domains, the framework offers a series of sub-domains and a number of indicators and measures which can be used to measure and monitor multidimensional inequality in a given context. Many of the indicators and measures suggested under each subdomain are related to the SDGs framework, which governments are already committed to monitor. This can be a useful element to guarantee at least a minimum level of data availability in all countries. Besides, the Oxfam Inequality Toolkit, which is a key companion for the practical implementation of the MIF in a given context, suggests several global databases, aside from national household surveys, to be used by teams willing to implement the framework.


The implementing process of the MIF tool in Burkina Faso is expected to:

  • Improve points and lessons learned on the MIF implementation process and share it within the Oxfam Learning Community, and within the MIF website for the wider development community;
  • Generate recommendations of domains and sub-domains of the relevant inequalities to Oxfam in Burkina in order to take them into account in the elaboration of its next country strategy;
  • Reinforce the debate on inequalities in formal forums for dialogue within Burkina Faso. Proposals are made to State actors to reduce inequalities as well as shared with development institutions. The official launch of the report, the State-NGO consultation spaces, sectoral reviews (education, health, social protection, etc.) and the PNDES reviews are the key moments that potentially would be used to effectively reinforce the debate on inequalities and its solutions with multiple stakeholders within the public sphere.

In Vietnam, the implementation process of the MIF tool is expected to:

  • Improve points and lessons learned on the MIF implementation process and share it within the Oxfam Learning Community, and within the MIF website for the wider development community;
  • Generate policy gaps and recommendations on multiple dimensions of inequality, therefore contributing to the inequality debate in the country;
  • Research findings are shared with the relevant stakeholders, including policy makers, research institutions, development institutions, the media and potential donors.



See this project's 2 minutes pitch from Cristina Rovira, researcher at Oxfam Intermon:



Project start date
Project end date
1 year and 5 months
Duration of the program
Burkina Faso, Vietnam
100 000
Financing amount


Anda David, Research Officer, AFD. 

Felipe Korreales, Research Officer, AFD.

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