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.
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