Equitable Development

UN New York

Development is not an inherently equitable process. While some groups benefit from processes of economic and social development, others are at risk of being ‘left behind’ and could even become more marginalized. This includes those who move in order to take advantage of development opportunities, and who find themselves subjected to various forms of exploitation, including modern slavery and trafficking.

Research under the Equitable Development pillar generates new evidence, and assesses and develops policy tools that support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDGs 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reducing inequality) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

This includes research and policy analysis on specific thematic issues including, but not limited to, better understanding the drivers of migration in the Global South, tackling rights violations associated with migration, including modern slavery and human trafficking, and maximizing the benefits of development for Member States, individuals, families, and communities.

The pillar of work is of relevance to UN agencies, international organizations, civil society organizations, and other actors in the development, humanitarian, and social protection domains, as well as those working in the migration policy space, including modern slavery and human trafficking.

A bus packed with people prepares to leave Nandom, Ghana, for the journey south

Shrinking the Justice Gap

Exploring the concept of access to justice for migrants in the Global South - emphasizing the importance of approaching access to justice as part and parcel of broader agenda for social justice.



Towards Gender-Responsive Migration Governance

On 6 September UNU-CPR organized a migration policy roundtable to discuss gender-responsive migration governance.



From Left Behind to Staying Back: Rethinking Policy Responses to Children in Migrant Households

Presenting new research and analysis that challenges dominant policy and practice narratives on stay behind children.


News and Publications


Climate-Related Mobility in Contexts of Urbanization

New policy brief provides recommendations to address the challenges of climate-related mobility in urban areas across the Global South

19 Sep 2023


UNU-CPR Recommendations Unanimously Adopted by African Financial Authorities

Move promises to strengthen continent’s fight against modern slavery and human trafficking.

08 Sep 2023


Strengthening Global Responses to Forced Labour and Sex Trafficking

An updated training certificate for anti-financial crime professionals is strengthening the global response to modern slavery and human trafficking.

12 May 2023