Inequality is barrier to global development, says World Bank

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:651
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Inequality is the primary barrier to global development, and only welfare systems providing health and education to the poorest can tackle the problem, the World Bank's annual World Development Report said this week.

    The report echoes the findings of the UN Human Development Report released earlier this month, in criticising the “trickledown” model of international development (BMJ 2005;331: 593, 17 Sep).

    “The dichotomy between policies for growth and policies specifically aimed at equity is false,” the authors argue. “The best policies for …

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