Twenty-three journalists and civil society communicators from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay attended the seminar “Other faces of inequality: inequity, corruption and the informal economy in South America” organised May 22-23 by IPS Latin America in the Chilean cities of Santiago, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.
The seminar, held with the support of the Norwegian government, had the aim of bringing the media information on certain realities, to enable them to report better on the relations between income inequality and tax systems, tax evasion, illegal money flows and the informal economy.
Latin America is in a paradoxical situation: it is the only region that has reduced inequality in the last decade, unlike the rest of the world, including the industrial powers. But it is still the most unequal region on the planet, with the largest gap between rich and poor, as shown by the following graphic:
Prestigious panellists from ECLAC, the ILO, academic and government institutions of Chile and Brazil, specialised journalists and social and student leaders took part in the seminar.
On the first day two panels were held on corruption, tax systems and the informal economy.
The second day was dedicated to the issue that is the main focus of social discontent in Chile, the country that hosted the seminar: inequality in education. After an introductory panel, the participating journalists went to the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar to visit two municipal schools, interview the staff, and get a first-hand glimpse of the gap in resources and development levels in the decentralised educational system.
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