How can harmful disparities be reduced?

Some disparities between countries can be beneficial for some people, whilst others can cause  great hardship. What strategies might help to improve the quality of life for people living in countries that suffer the most from harmful disparities?

The video below with Hans Rosling looks at how something as simple as a washing machine can have a huge effect on peoples lives.

Strategies for reducing harmful disparities

Geofile 643 – Reducing Poverty (from 2011)

Notes on aid & debt relief

Notes on trade, remittances & EPZs

Develop trade

Mindset Learn video from Youtube

Trade & development – wikipedia

Fair Trade info sheet.


Remittances-Migration Policy Institute



Aid from Waugh, D. (2002). Geography- an Integrated Approach. Cheltenham- Nelson

Trade & Aid Reading

Does Aid work – Oxfam video

Is Aid killing Africa? – BBC News video

Debt Relief

IMF fact sheet

OECD evaluation of debt relief

Export processing zones

The Balance website

OECD Observer website


Sky News video – role of microfinance

Microfinance stories – NY Times

UN Sustainable Development Goal 10 – Reduce Inequalities.

How successful are countries in terms of reducing inequality around the world? This link to the UN’s SDG site gives an indication.