Inequalities between social groups leading to conflicts

Filmed 11 March 2010 (46 min.).

Photo by Sofia Widforss

Anyone concerned with promoting development and reducing human suffering must make confl ict prevention a priority. Violent conflict within multi-ethnic and multi-religious countries, often fought along ethnic or religious lines, is a major cause of death, destruction, poverty and underdevelopment. Fortunately, conflict within multi-ethnic countries is not inevitable—in fact, most multi-ethnic societies are peaceful.
Frances Stewart presents basic findings from a major research program covering countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and West Africa. The basic conclusion is that inequalities – be they political, economic, social or cultural – among salient identity groups, increases the risk of violent conflict.

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