Tackling Inequality, Early and Often: A Conversation on Equality of Opportunity
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Tackling Inequality, Early and Often: A Conversation on Equality of Opportunity

  Date: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
  Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET (14:00 – 15:00 GMT or convert time)
  Location: Online

Inequality is a major concern around  the globe. Recent reports have calculated that almost half of the world’s  wealth is held by just one percent of the world’s population.
This large and increasing gap between  the rich and the poor does not come out of nowhere. Too often, a person’s  potential to achieve and earn is limited by circumstances beyond his or her  control. From birth, characteristics such as gender, parental economic circumstances, geography, caste and ethnicity,  etc. can set children on an unequal path and trap large groups of people in  poverty.

These traps can specifically affect  access to basic services among children—vital services such as clean water,  electricity, education, sanitation, and health care. This kind of life-long  systematic inequality has to be tackled early on in order to ensure that  today’s children have an equal chance at becoming tomorrow’s successful adults.

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Experts from around the World Bank Group discussed what it will  take to equalize opportunities amongst millions of children born to a diversity  of circumstances across the world, and to explore the newly-launched Visualize Inequality dashboard.  Clients, partners, policymakers, and advocates alike can use this user-friendly new tool to  discover where gaps in access to basic services among children persist and to  move the agenda forward in tackling inequality from day one.

Related Links:
Blog: When It Comes to Tackling Inequality, Start Early



Lead Economist, Poverty, World Bank Group
Senior Economist, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank Group
Economist, Latin America & Caribbean Region, World Bank Group
Economist, Poverty Reduction, Gender & Equity, World Bank Group
Senior Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank Group
Lead Economist, Poverty, World Bank Group
Moderator, Poverty Reduction and Equity, World Bank Group
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With the advent of the internet (which is spreading the universal right to have an opinion) we're more capable of hearing what we each have to say. Using this "Global Village", we have, en masse, created a democracy to answer challenging questions by collecting views posted from all four corners of the world. Brain storming taken to another level. Will we finally be able to distribute opportunities not based on the the judgement of a few select specialists but by a larger majority, GUIDED by these specialists. Perhaps this can be applied to governments in the near future?
Sir, what kind of plans would be put in place worldwide to see that TALENTED people who(Poor &Middle Class) are been discovered earlier in life.Good heath and education be made available to such TALENTS.
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
On education front all states seems to be at nadir state. Especially top 20% and are touching almost 95%....who have not attended the schools. What measures are taken by world bank to help these states realize the importance of education and implementing better strategies? Hope you'll touch these points, in your all important discussion. Thanks.
Gilles Fabien DOGBO
Cote d'Ivoire
What mechanisms can and should be put in place so as to make sure that the poor get a broader access to the secrets of the ultra-wealthy? I'm not talking about schools & formal education because those ones only teach you how to perform a job. I'm talking about tips & tricks to create immense wealth.
Stan Higgins
United States
What is the World Bank's stance on bitcoin, particularly as the digital currency pertains to global remittances?
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Fwanshishak Daniel
Why is it that attention and alot of resouces is focus and expended on teacher training initiatives in developing countries (Nigeria) without corresponding effort in education/school administration and management?