Evidence and Practice in an Age of Inequality

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Participants at the 5th ACFID University Network Conference, Monash University, Melbourne



As the UNDP noted at the end of 2013, ‘The world is more unequal today than at any point since World War II’. Inequality is also discussed as so severe, that the 85 richest people in the world own the same as half of the world’s populations – 3.5 billion people. Inequality is not confined to income or material inequality, but extends to intersecting forms of discrimination and interrelated issues of access to vital resources including health, education, and justice.

Such issues are forcing actors from NGOs, academia, multilaterals and donors to rethink their role and purpose, while continuing to grapple with absolute poverty. As the development community responds to the evolving face of poverty and inequality, questions around the increasing importance of evidence in this response have never been more important.

The 5th ACFID University Network Conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners to surface emerging evidence around inequality and discuss what this means for development policy and practice. The Conference provides space to discuss the following two primary questions:

  1. What do we know about inequality, and how do we know it?
  2. Evidence based policy and practice: what is it and how does it work?


Find the program and published selection of papers from Evidence and Practice in an Age of Inequality.


Find more about thespeakers at the 2015 Conference, including Martin Ravallion, Yen Vo, Zakia Baig and more...


As a part of the ACFID University Network Conference, a forum entitled "Disrupting Development" was co-presented with the support of WhyDev on an adjacent day.