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Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the
Context of Structural Transformation

28-30 April 2014 | Accra, Ghana

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Highlights for Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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Thandika Mkandawire, London School of Economics
Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural TransformationThe Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation reconvened for its second day of discussions on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Participants took part in a dialogue on lessons in addressing inequalities in Africa.

During the morning, participants heard a framing statement from Thandika Mkandawire, London School of Economics, on the lessons learned, possibilities and options for addressing inequalities in Africa. The subsequent panel session addressed perspectives from Africa and other regions. Topics touched upon included: rising economic nationalism in some countries; increased private sector support for small and medium enterprises as a source of economic growth; exploring Brazilian social protection systems; and going beyond public investments to redistribute income between financial classes.

Participants then convened in four parallel panel sessions on Employment and Entrepreneurship; Macroeconomic Policies for Inclusive Growth and Transformation; Financing Agenda for Structural Transformation and Equity; and Asset Inequalities. Topics addressed included land tenure systems as a contributor to asset inequality; the role of taxation in financing structural transformation; and the diversification of African economies towards labour-intensive industries and the service sector.

In the afternoon, participants heard a framing statement from Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, South Africa, on the importance of statistics for analyzing and assessing inequalities. A panel discussion followed, with participants discussing data for tracking progress and creating evidence-based policies. Following this, they convened in five parallel sessions discussing social and political inequalities in Africa. During discussions, participants reflected on: human rights, discrimination and marginalization; gender inequality, including on policy advocacy to empower young girls; political inequality; equitable access to quality social services; the measurement of progress in addressing inequalities, including strengthening African statistical systems; and challenges and priorities going forward.
Panel (L-R): Juma Mwapachu, President, Society for International Development; Thandika Mkandawire, London School of Economics; and Nii Moi Thompson, Ghana
Juma Mwapachu, President, Society for International Development
L-R: Lebogang Motlana, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, talking with Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, South Africa
Saran Daraba Kaba, Secretary General, Mano River Union
Akua Britwum, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Pali Lehohla, Statistician General of South Africa and Chairman, Statistical Commission of Africa
A participant commenting on macro and regional perspectives of inequality.
L-R: Grace Antwi-Atsu and Gertrude Ofarwa Fefoame, SightSavers.Org
A participant between sessions
Funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by the
UN Millennium Campaign, the Society for International Development (SID), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP)
UN Millennium Campaign, Society for International Development, UNDP
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