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Tyranny of Averages: Are We Worsening Inequality Within Countries?

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Tyranny of Averages: Are We Worsening Inequality Within Countries?




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Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Bradley C. Parks, Executive Director, AidData at the College of William & Mary
Caroline Heider, Director General and Senior Vice President, Independent Evaluation, World Bank Group
Kevin Croke, Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Group
Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis, AidData at the College of William & Mary
Selim Jahan, Director and Lead Author, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme

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In a world of scarce resources and limitless need, policymakers face a dilemma. Should they expend more to reach the poorest of the poor who often live in remote and hard-to-reach areas? Or do they help the greatest number of poor people possible at the least cost? These questions are consequential and the answers determine whether vulnerable communities get equal access to opportunities to improve their lives.

Yet, when it comes time to make these crucial decisions, leaders often rely on national averages rather than location-specific data to allocate resources and monitor progress. They may be worsening inequality if they fail to detect and respond to poverty hotspots within countries. In a new AidData report, Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up, we draw upon geographically precise data to assess whether governments and donors are channeling development dollars to the most disadvantaged communities (targeting) and with what results (effectiveness).

Join us October 24th for an engaging discussion of the report's findings and implications for those that seek to translate the rhetoric of no one left behind into reality. Together, we'll look for ways to harness a growing abundance of subnational data and put it to good use by prioritizing assistance to reach the poorest communities.

Light breakfast will be served from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The event will start at 9:30 a.m.

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For those who cannot make it in person, the event will be livestreamed online. To RSVP for the livestream, please contact RSVP@aiddata.org.
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