TF01 Fighting inequalities, poverty, and hunger

Fighting inequalities, poverty, and hunger

TF1 aims to put together policy recommendations that focus on the first priority of Brazil’s G20 presidency: 1) Fight poverty and hunger and promote social inclusion”. In particular, it intends to offer inputs to the G20 Task Force on fighting poverty and hunger, but also look at all forms of inequalities, a priority of G20 Brazil Development working group, that can be addressed in a crosscutting manner by all G20 working groups of both Finance and Sherpa tracks.

This TF tackles several critical issues, contributing to accelerate progress towards multiple SDGs:

  1. Promoting effective policies to fight poverty and hunger and the role of trilateral cooperation in their promotion (Co-chair: Lidia Cabral - IDS, UK); (Members: Chuanhong Zhang - CIDRN, China and Andrea Santos Baca - REDEAGRI and UFABC, Brazil):
    Emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts at the Global level in combatting poverty and hunger, the TF focuses on review of the available evidence on impactful policies that could be adapted and leveraged to support countries falling behind in SDG 1 and 2 through trilateral cooperation (SDG 1, 2, 10, 17).

  2. Fostering Food security and nutrition through sustainable food systems (Co-chair: Dirce Marchioni - INCT Combate à Fome - USP, Brazil); (Members: Joachim Von Braun - Center for Development Research/University of Bonn, Germany and Laure Tall - IPAR, Senegal):  
    the TF will review and discuss pathways to sustainable food systems to ensure food security and improved nutrition. It will put forward approaches and policy reforms that are environmentally sustainable, socially, and economically sound and that foster resilience to climate change and other shocks, and that contributes to healthier, more productive, and more inclusive societies (SDG 1, 2, 8, 13, 14, and 17)

  3. Expanding Access to Social Protection and Basic Services (Co-chair: Rogerio Barbosa - IESP, Brazil); (Members: Helga Cuéllar-Marchelli - Southern Voice, FUSADES, Global, El Salvador and Flora Myamba - Gender & Social Protection, Tanzania): 
    Recognizing the fundamental right to social protection throughout the life cycle and basic services (e.g. water and sanitation, housing), the TF will assess what is necessary to broaden access, adequacy, and comprehensiveness of social protection systems, ensuring its coherence with labour market policies, as well as inclusivity and support for vulnerable populations. (SDG 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 AND 11)

  4. Promoting universal health coverage, digital health, and open innovation to fight health inequalities (Co-chair: Marco Aurelio de Carvalho Nascimento - FIOCRUZ, Brazil); (Members: Stefano Vella - Global Health at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy and Guilherme Faviero - AHF Global Public Health):   
    the TF will put forward proposals to address health inequalities and to ensure universal health coverage while leveraging digital health and open innovation to bridge gaps in healthcare accessibility and quality without overlooking the need for redundancies to avoid digital exclusion. (SDG 3, 9, 10)

  5. Reforming fiscal policies to reduce inequalities and eradicate poverty (Co-chair: Pedro Rossi - IE - UNICAMP, Brazil); (Members: Veronica Serafini - Latinidadd, Regional and Florencia Lorenzo - Tax justice Network, Global):
    the TF will focus on fiscal policies aimed at reducing economic disparities and eradicating poverty. The TF seeks to create more equitable tax-transfer systems with a view to curbing both opportunities and results inequalities and fostering social cohesion. (SDG 1, 10)

  6. Fighting gender discrimination and inequalities and rethinking the care economy (Co-chair: Hania Sholkamy - Social Research Center, Egypt); (Members: Lorena Hakak - GeFam, Brazil and Imraan Valodia - Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, South Africa):
    Recognizing the inherent gender discrimination and inequalities at all levels and in different sectors, the TF will look at policies that have successfully reduced discrimination and/or its consequences. It will bring recommendations for fighting gender discrimination in all its aspects, and recommendations that can produce changes in the care economy, where women are over-represented, with a view to promoting inclusivity and equity. (SDG 1,3,4,5,8,10,16, and Brazil's SDG 18) 

  7. Fighting Race and ethnic discrimination and inequalities (Co-chair: Paulo Ramos - AfroCEBRAP, Brazil); (Members: Omolara Oriye - Liberation Africa Alliance, Regional and Michael G. Hanchard -Marginalized Populations Project - University of Pennsylvania, USA ):
    Emphasizing the moral imperative as well as the developmental rationale to combat race and ethnic discrimination and inequalities, the TF will put forward recommendations for G20 members to foster global cooperation with a view to encouraging policies that dismantle discriminatory practices and promoting diversity. Suggestions should include comprehensive reforms in education, employment, and legal frameworks. The task force advocates for inclusive policies that uplift marginalized communities, creating opportunities for economic empowerment and social cohesion. 

By addressing these comprehensive subtopics, the T20 TF 1 endeavors to recommend impactful policies and actions that not only fight inequalities, poverty, and hunger, but also pave the way for sustainable and inclusive growth globally.

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Luiza Nassif Pires
Director, Made/USP
Gala Díaz Langou
Executive Director, Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC)