Starting strong Implementation of the social SDGs in Latin America

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Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)
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January 2017
Paper author(s): 
Gala Díaz Langou
José Florito
Poverty - Inequality - Aid Effectiveness

Latin America has made significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, the overall picture hides major inequalities between individual countries. Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world (Bárcena, 2016), with most vulnerable groups excluded from many opportunities (ECLAC, 2015a). Young girls and boys are being left behind, as decent employment opportunities for youth, reduction of teenage pregnancy, and completion of mandatory education remain challenges within the region (De Hoyos et al., 2016). Women still face discrimination and unequal access to labour participation (ECLAC, 2015a). All of these challenges are greater for families living in poverty, and for indigenous and afro-descendant communities (ECLAC, 2015b). This paper considers the potential of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 3 and 5 to reduce the aforementioned gaps between vulnerable populations and those who are better off. Based on a comprehensive literature review and interviews with key informants, we identify policy recommendations to enable these SDGs to be achieved, as well as priority actions for successful implementation by Latin American governments. If followed, these proposals have the potential to reduce current inequality gaps, and to create an enabling environment for an inclusive and sustainable path for development.


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