Born Equal

How reducing inequality could give our children a better future

October 2012


Inequality in developing countries is twice as high among children as among the general population, as this report reveals, with new quantitative analysis of 32 countries.

Born Equal assesses the effects of inequality on child development. Drawing on eight case studies from Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and the UK, it looks at which policies and interventions have reduced inequality and delivered better outcomes for children.

The report concludes with four recommendations to seize the major opportunity presented by the year 2015, when a new global development framework will be established.

Born Equal calls on the international community to place inequality front and centre.

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Case studies

Case study: China

Case study: Ghana

Case study: India

Case study: Nigeria

Case study: Canada

Case study: the UK

For further information on case studies for Brazil and Indonesia, please contact Jessica Espey.

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