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From Monday 22 March 2021 to Thursday 25 March 2021

Reviewing three years of research:

What do we know about socio-economic inequalities in emerging and developing countries? How are they changing? What are the causes and consequences ? How can they be reduced? How can they be taken into account in development policies in the current context, where the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates them?
After three years of research, the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities will hold its final conference which will take place online from March 22th to the 25th 2021



The Research Facility on Inequalities, a program funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Partnerships and carried out by the AFD, was designed to deepen the understanding of socio-economic inequalities in low- and middle-income countries and analyze the public policy and development policy levers for reducing them.

23 research projects focused primarily on economic and social inequalities while exploring various topics such as health, education, taxation, and perceptions on inequalities. These projects were conducted jointly with research centers around the world in coordination with partner governments and development cooperation institutions.

Why such a conference? To share the results of the Facility’s studies, discuss them with a wide audience and spark debates on the strategies to reduce inequalities.

Who will participate? Partner researchers, academic experts, practionners and policymakers will exchange views on these results and in particular discuss implementation of policies that can contribute to the reduction of inequalities. The Conference will also be an opportunity to highlight other initiatives around the topic of inequality and to present the second phase of this Facility.

It will be organized with the support of the European Commission.


Funded by the Directorate-General for International Partnerships of the European Union

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EU-AFD research facility on inequalities final conference


Monday 22 March 2021

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Day 1- March 22nd, 2021

14h55: Release of a short video on the EU reference document on inequality

15h-15h30: Keynote speeches

  • Jutta URPILAINEN, EU Commissioner of the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA), European Commission
  • Clément BEAUNE, French Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

15h30-17h: High-level panel on “Inequalities in a world in crisis”, moderated by Nozipho TSHABALALA

  • Branko MILANOVIĆ, Senior scholar – the Stone Center on socio-economic inequality
  • Gabriela BUCHER, Executive Director – Oxfam International (TBC)
  • Koen DOENS, Director General – Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA) European Commission
  • Magdy MARTINEZ-SOLIMAN, Director General – Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
  • Rémy RIOUX, Director General –  Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Day 2- March 23rd, 2021

10h-12h: Session 1.1 – African inequalities, moderated by Krisztina BOMBERA

  • Murray LEIBBRANDT, Director – University of Cape Town, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) – African Center of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR)
  • Vimal RANCHHOD – University of Cape Town, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU)
  • Robert OSEI (TBC) – University of Ghana, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
  • Damiano MANDA KULUNDU – University of Nairobi
  • Désiré VENCATACHELLUM, Director – Operational Policies Department, African Development Bank (AFDB) (TBC)

10h-12h: Session 1.2  – Climate change, natural resources and inequality, moderated byTBD

  • Carlos GRADIN, Research fellow – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)
  • Grazia PACILLO – International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Linh HUYNH – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • Moussa SALL – Institut sénégalais de recherche agricole (ISRA), Université de Thiès
  • Stefano SIGNORE, Head of Unit – F1. Climate change and Sustainable Energy; Nuclear Safety – Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA) – European Commission

15h-17h: Session 2.1 – Tools, moderated by Krisztina Bombera

  • Nora LUSTIG, Director – Commitment to Equity Institute, Tulane University (TBC)
  • Jon JELLEMA (TBC) – Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQ), Tulane University
  • Murray LEIBBRANDT – African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR)
  • Ana CLAVER – Oxfam Intermón
  • Christian MORABITO – Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA)
  • Philippe GALLAND, Deputy Head of “Social Link” Division – Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

15h-17h : Session 2.2 – Inequality drivers, moderated by TBD

  • Denis COGNEAU, Professor Paris School of Economics, Research Director IRD, Directeur d’études EHESS
  • Mongi BOUGHZALA – Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de la Recherche Scientifique (ANPR), Université de Tunis El Manar
  • François AKA BEDIA (TBC) – Laboratoire d’Analyse et de Modélisation des Politiques Economiques (LAMPE)
  • Isaac TAMBA (TBC) – Institut National de la Statistique du Cameroun (INS)
  • Françoise RIVIERE, Head of Economy and Strategy Unit, Africa Department – Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Day 3 – March 24th, 2021

10h: Release of short videos with testimonies from the country projects

  • Manuela DE ALLEGRI, Leader of Research Unit “Health Economics and Finances” – University of Heidelberg
  • Dr. PHUNG Duc Tung, Director – Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI)
  • Florent SASSATELLI, Head of the “Social Sectors” cluster – AFD Office in Burkina Faso
  • Riina KLONKA, EU Ambassador to South Africa.
  • Javier Marcelo ARROYO, Municipal Executive Secretary – Autonomous Municipal Government of La Paz, Bolivia

15h-17h: Session 3.1 – Public and private services, moderated by Christopher BURNS

  • Shahra RAZAVI, Director – Social Protection Department – ILO
  • Manuela DE ALLEGRI – University of Heidelberg
  • Liyousew BORGA – University of Luxembourg
  • Nolwen HENAFF (TBC) – Centre Population et Développement (CEPED)

15h-17h: Session 3.2 – Spatial inequalities, moderated by Krisztina BOMBERA

  • Raymundo CAMPOS, Professor-researcher – Centro de Estudios Económicos (CEE), Colegio de México (COLMEX) (TBC)
  • Patricia URQUIETA – Postgrado en Ciencias del Desarrollo – Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (CIDES-UMSA)
  • Ivan TUROK – Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
  • Jean-François KOBIANE – Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP)
  • TBD – Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY), Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX)
  • Tshepo NSTIMANE, Head: Metros, Intermediate Cites & Water Boards – Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) (TBC)
Day 4 – March 25th, 2021

15h-16h: Keynote and discussion

  • Thomas PIKETTY, Director – World Inequality Lab (WIL)
  • Minister Arturo HERRERA GUTIERREZ, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico – TBC
  • Trudi MAKHAYA, Economic Advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa – TBC

16h-17h: Closing panel discussion, moderated by Nozipho TSHABALALA

  • Minister Arturo HERRERA GUTIERREZ, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico
  • Trudi MAKHAYA, Economic Advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa – TBC
  • Lucas CHANCEL, Co-director – World Inequality Lab (WIL)
  • Martin SEYCHELL, Deputy General Director – Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA), European Commission
  • Thomas MELONIO, Director of Innovation, Research and Knowledge Division – Agence Française de Développement

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