Marginalisation of the majority world

A complex interplay of discrimination, global poverty, inequality and deepening socio-economic divisions, together make for key elements of global insecurity. While overall global wealth has increased, the benefits of this economic growth have not been equally shared. The rich-poor divide is actually growing, with a very heavy concentration of growth in relatively few parts of the world, and poverty getting much worse in many other regions. The ‘majority world’ of Asia, Africa and Latin America feel the strongest effects of marginalisation as a result of global elites, concentrated in North America and Europe, striving to maintain political, cultural, economic and military global dominance.

Bridging the North-South divide: Sustainable Security for all

Hannah Brock | Oxford Research Group | January 2011

Issues:Climate change, Competition over resources, Global militarisation, Marginalisation

For some years, the Oxford Research Group (ORG) has been analysing the likely underlying drivers of global insecurity over the coming years, and ways to develop sustainable responses to these threats. This analysis has focused on four trends that are expected to foster substantial global and regional instability, and large-scale loss of life, of a magnitude unmatched by other potential threats. These are climate change, competition over resources, marginalisation of the ‘majority world’ and global militarisation.

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Author: Hannah Brock

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Aid and the Middle Income Countries Dilemma: UK Aid to India

Andy Sumner | Global Dashboard | January 2011


On Global Dashboard, IDS’ Andy Sumner writes about the UK parliament’s development committee  inquiry into aid to India -  a country where there are 450 million poor people (a third of the world’s poor) living below US$1.25/day. 

Recent research suggests the level of inequality in India is at ‘Latin American type levels’ but the capacity for redistribution by taxation is limited as it would mean prohibitively high levels of taxation. Since 1998, India has received more UK overseas aid than any other country. The paradox is India, like many other countries was ‘graduated’ out of ‘poor country’ status by the World Bank in 2009 to middle income status (more than $1000 per person per year) but is still home to a third of the world’s poor or 450 million people.


Image source: Meanest Indian. 

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Teaching Religion, Taming Rebellion? Religious Education Reform in Afghanistan

Issues:Global militarisation, Marginalisation

In this Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Policy Brief, Kaja Borchgrevink & Kristian Berg Harpviken explore claimed links between Taliban militancy and religious education in Afghan and Pakistani madrasas.

Access the report online at the PRIO website

Arma Virumque Cano: Capital, Poverty and Violence

I. R. Gibson | Exclusively written for | November 2010

Issues:Global militarisation, Marginalisation

This article addresses how systems of capital that underpin the present world structure perpetuate both global insecurity and endemic poverty. By upholding the practice of global arms sales, violence is endorsed by state and non-state actors continuing this inequity. Alternatives to the dominant security paradigm nevertheless exist.

Poverty is violence, an enjoined condition sustained by capital and yet paradoxically ignored by it. Capital is possessed and dispensed by the various capitalist constructs that currently function and while the 2008 global recession revealed many variables within these constructs as extremely suspect, they nevertheless remain, guaranteeing continued wealth for elite powers. The poor in turn exist insecure, in need and in want. As little action is offered against these inequitable systems, state or global – governments seem more intent on short-tem economic ‘Band-aids’ the focus being save OUR souls – the poor linger, trapped in violence, deprived of voice and rights.

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Freedom in the World 2010: Erosion of Freedom Intensifies

Arch Puddington | Freedom House | October 2010


'In a year of intensified repression against human rights defenders and democratic activists by many of the world's most powerful authoritarian regimes, Freedom House found a continued erosion of freedom worldwide, with setbacks in Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. For the fourth consecutive year, declines have trumped gains.'

Arch Puddington examines the state of democratic freedoms across the world.
Article source: Freedom House
Image source: antony_mayfield


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