SDG 10
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It is well documented that income inequality is on the rise, with the richest 10 percent earning up to 40 percent of total global income. The poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 percent and 7 percent of total global income. In developing countries, inequality has increased by 11 percent if we take into account the growth of population.

These widening disparities require the adoption of sound policies to empower the bottom percentile of income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity.

Income inequality is a global problem that requires global solutions. This involves improving the regulation and monitoring of financial markets and institutions, encouraging development assistance and foreign direct investment to regions where the need is greatest. Facilitating the safe migration and mobility of people is also key to bridging the widening divide. 

Goals in action

UNDP in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Goal 10 at a glance

What are some of the facts about inequalities in our region?

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UNDP in Georgia

Life on the Edge

An initiative in the Shida Kartli region, that borders the conflict divide with South Ossetia, is helping people find stability, economic growth, and hope for the future. MORE >


UNDP in Albania

A Step Towards Social Inclusion

For Roma and Egyptian communities, social exclusion remains the persistent cause leading to higher poverty levels. Hear voices from members of these communities. WATCH >

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

The return of the Eastern European middle class

Keeping inequalities down will require measures to protect the region's booming population of HIV-positive men and women; to reduce corruption and ensure everyone can access legal services; and to prevent conflicts from derailing hard-won development gains. MORE >

UNDP in Montenegro

Towards social inclusion

The number of old, lonely and ill people unable to meet their own basic needs continues to grow in rural areas of Montenegro, some of which not connected by any sort of organized transport. MORE >

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