inequality, poverty & development

While booming stock markets, giant mergers and frantic financial speculation provide huge rewards to a tiny minority, the majority of the world's people are not enjoying much benefit from the neoliberal system of growth and development. More than 1.4 billion people live in poverty so extreme that they can barely survive, and around 25,000 people die from hunger each day whilst a new billionaire is created every second day. For many, in fact, living standards have stagnated or declined, while the burden of work and insecurity have grown. The call for a global safety net has never been so urgent - and compels the international community to transform economic priorities and guarantee the universal securing of basic human needs.