European Delegation of Funds

A research facility to better understand inequalities

A European facility for a research program on inequalities in developing and emerging countries
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The French Agency for Development (AFD) has received 4 million euros from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). This funding is being used to implement and coordinate a research facility over a three-year period (2017-2020) that aims to finance 22 research projects on inequalities in developing and emerging countries. The research projects will be implemented by donors and research centers from the North and the South.

OBJECTIVES AND ACTIONS

The objective of the research facility is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of economic and social inequalities, their drivers and underlying factors at different spatial levels, as well as the most effective policies and approaches to reduce them.
 
This action also aims to initiate a common reflection among Member States on ways to strengthen the contribution of EU development cooperation to the fight against inequalities, in the framework of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and contribute to the EU development policy overarching objective of poverty eradication.

 

The main actions carried out by this Facility are:

  1. Global and thematic research projects on the determinants and dynamics of economic and social inequalities in developing and emerging countries are being carried out by European donors, in partnership with research centers.
  2. Research projects are carried out by research centers, AFD research officers, and governments on a selection of countries and cities, in order to respond to the countries’ needs, and to create an opportunity for dialogue on public policies with partner governments on the topic of inequalities.
  3. AFD supports partner countries as well as development institutions in order for them to include the research results into their national policies and development cooperation strategies.

 

Projects

  1. Global and thematic research projects aiming to study the determinants and dynamics of social and economic inequalities in developing and emerging countries. A call for expression of interest was launched on August 15, 2017 and closed on October 16 2017. A first series of projects were selected. A second call for projects was launched on February 6, 2018 and closed on April 6, 2018. A total of eight projects were selected and started in 2018-2019.
  2. Country and city research projects that meet the needs of partner countries, with the aim of supporting partner governments in designing suitable public policies aiming at reducing inequalities. 14 projects were identified and are being implemented by research centers and AFD research officers, with a strong involvement of partner governments. These projects have started in 2018.
  3. Tools to better diagnose and fight against inequalities are being developed in order for inequalities to be taken into account in public policies and development strategies. 
Research Facility Inequalities - Map of Projects
Click to enlarge and see the projets.
 

 

List of selected projects

CITY STUDIES:

COUNTRIES STUDIES:

GLOBAL RESEARCH PROJECTS:

TOOLS:

Governance and partners

Schéma de la gouvernance VA

 

The AFD-EU research facility is organized around four committees:

  1. Executive committee: Composed of AFD, DEVCO, and AECID, it meets twice a year and its aim is to select and carry out scientific monitoring of the funded research projects.
  2. Scientific committee: Its role is to support AFD in selecting the research and development projects, as well as their scientific monitoring. This committee is ensured by UNU Wider through its network of researchers.
  3. Strategic committee: It meets once a year and is constituted of organizations that are active in the area of inequalities. Its purpose is to define the strategic priorities of the research facility, as well as to coordinate the Member States around the 2030 Agenda on inequalities. Terms of reference
  4. "Development Policy” working group: Their role is to reflect, together with the governments involved in the country/city research projects, on the how the projetcs' results can be used to develop inclusive public policies.

 

Our partners

Results

The EU-AFD Research Facility aims to better understand how inequalities are created and their consequences in order to improve public decision making. Each project will produce research papers and policy briefs which will be used to translate the research results into evidence based public policies.

Events

Provisional calendar. Dates may be rescheduled.

2020
September
EU-AFD Facility Research Final Conference

Brussels

2020
July
National workshop "Urban planning and inequality of access to housing"

South Africa

2020
July
Conference "Analysis of the multidimensional inequality and impacts of regional poilicy on inequalities"

Brussels

2020
July
Conference "Climate Variability and inequality in Vietnam and Indonesia"
2020
June 22 to 24
International conference "Population, poverty and inequality"

Paris - AFD

2020
June
Final report "Fiscal incidence analysis"

Paris

2020
June
Conference "Inequality in access to basic services and the impact of public policies"

Côte d'Ivoire

2020
June
Conference “Role of taxation in the fight against inequalities”

Côte d’Ivoire

2020
May
Conference "Agroecology public policies and income inequalities in rural regions"

Senegal

2020
April
Conference "Social, economic and regional inequalities"

Tunisia

2020
April
Conference "Multidimensional inequalities study"

Vietnam

2020
April
Conference "The dynamics and interactions of income inequality and inequality of opportunity"

Ghana

2020
March
Conference "Structural change, growth models and inequalities"

Cameroon

2020
March
International Conference "Inequalities and environmental changes in the Lower Mekong River Basin"

Vietnam

2020
March 2 to 4
Seminario Internacional “Los desafíos del agua: desigualdad, cambio climático y gobernanza”

La Paz - Bolivia

Download the call for abstracts/proposals (in Spanish)

2020
February 27
Conference "Inequalities, social mobility and perceptions"

Mexico

2020
February 21
Conference " The distributional impact of social protection: short - and longer - run inequalities"

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

Download the program

2020
February 20
Workshop "Capital humain hérité, capital social et inégalités en Tunisie"

Tunisia

Download the program (in French)

2020
February 11
Workshop "Stakeholder Engagement Inequalities Diagnostic in South Africa"

South Africa

Download the draft program

2019
November 4
EU-AFD Conference - Inequality and redistribution in low and middle income countries

On November 4th AFD organized a conference on the topic of “Inequality and redistribution in low and middle income countries”. The goal was to discuss the role of redistributive policies as instruments for improving equality of outcome through the redistribution of income and for enhancing equality of opportunity by improving the distribution of income-generating assets, such as human capital and wealth.

Please find here the presentations delivered:

2018
December 6 and 7
13th AFD Conference on Development - Inequalities and Social Cohesion

The conference "Inequalities and Social Cohesion" had the goal to make practitioners and researchers discuss about the issues surrounding inequalities and their consequences for social cohesion.

The conference took place in Paris over two days. The first one, Thursday, December 6th, was an academic day with parallel sessions, at AFD. The second one, December 7th, was dedicated to high-level plenary debates open to a wide public and it was held at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Conference’s webpage

AFD international conference: There is nothing inevitable about inequalities