‘Equity’ is highly political and controversial
‘Equity’ is the new buzz-word in the development debate ― as if we all agree, as if it is not a controversial issue. ‘Equity’ does not only mean better access to services, or better distribution. It means RE-distribution.
It means that in order for others to get more, someone has to get less. We do ourselves a huge disservice by pretending that this is not highly political and controversial.
The aid system is about transferring money from rich to poor countries. This is still needed, but in addition, more emphasis must be put on transferring money from rich to poor people within countries.
Reduced differences within a country is important from a human rights perspective. But it is also important for security and economic reasons. Large inequalities lead to instability, risk of civil disorder and higher crime rates. It is a threat to continued economic growth.