Pan-African Conference on Inequalities Spotlights Poverty

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Written by Makula Dunbar

A three-day Pan-African conference, which took place April 28-30 in Accra, put a spotlight on the inequalities affecting the continent’s poor. CCTV Africa reported that although Millennium Development Goals are supporting education of related issues, a swelling population is largely contributing to inequality.

“Income and inequality in Africa is extremely high. The continent is the second-most unequal in the world after Latin America and the Caribbean. On average, income inequality increased 11 percent in developing countries between 1990 and 2010,” Lebogang Motlana, UN Development Programme Regional Service Centre director said.

“And as a result, a significant majority of households in developing countries — more than 75 percent of the population — are living today in societies where income is more unequally distributed than it was in the 1990s.”

Ghanaian president John Mahama said that only a minority of the country’s people benefit from resources. Now, he said at the conference, it’s time that those who have reached plateaus are offered better, feasible promises.