Inequality in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean: Gap analysis and overcoming strategies

In this book, those who search for an equitable and sustainable future will find a valuable collection of methodological proposals, case analyses and recommendations for varied aspects of development. This book is an indispensable tool for decision-makers, researchers, development professionals and anyone interested in inequality issues. When diving into its pages, readers will discover a comprehensive approach based on evidence and endorsed by the experience and knowledge of experts. The book addresses topics ranging from poverty and income inequality to social protection, agriculture, energy, innovation, productivity and investment. It pays special attention to inequality gaps to understand them more fully and precisely. The groundbreaking research included in this book springs from the New Narratives for Rural Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean project implemented by the Mexico City Subregional Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded this book. Beside the introduction, this book consists of sixteen chapters divided into five sections: (i) poverty and income inequality; (ii) welfare and social protection; (iii) agriculture and energy alternatives; and (iv) investment, innovation and sustainability. The first section of this book opens with a chapter written by Ricardo Aparicio where he proposes a conceptual framework for measuring poverty gaps from a human rights approach. He adapts the Alkire-Foster method for the multidimensional measurement of poverty, making it compatible with the human rights principles of universality, indivisibility, interrelatedness and progressivity.