Middle-income countries and inequalities, bridging the two sides of the mirror

Can digital technology, public procurement, public social spending and active citizenship shape new priorities to address inequalities?

Middle-income countries (MICs), home to 5 billion people, often experience high growth rates. Positive growth indicators can hide a starker reality: MICs host 73 % of the world’s poor. Significant shifts in economic demography over the last 20 years demand increased attention to the disparity in access to quality social services and economic opportunities for the most vulnerable. This session will address challenges to close the inequality gap and look at solutions to build an inclusive society.

  • The use of data to guide and adjust public policies and investments.
  • The role of inclusive public procurement to ensure access to public services to all.
  • The impact of equitable public expenditures on social sectors.
  • The role of civil society in reducing urban inequalities through active citizenship.

Organised by


Ricardo Fuentes Nieva
Executive Director
Oxfam Mexico
Patricia Moser
Director Procurement Group
United Nations Office for Project Services
Rositsa Zaimova
Dalberg Data Insights
Julianna Lindsey
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)