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The evolution of world income inequality

On the occasion of the UN Secretary-General’s initiative, the EFA Global Monitoring Report will publish the data presented on a new interactive website called the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) – available at The website, which provides updated analysis for over 50 countries, allows you to zoom in on selected countries and indicators, compare disparities across countries, and identify which groups are most disadvantaged within these countries.

WIDE paints an overall picture showing that much remains to be done to make access to education more equitable. For example, there are over 20 countries where at least one in five children have never even been to school. In as many as 24 countries, more than a quarter of young people have completed fewer than four years of education – and so are living in education poverty. As the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report will discuss, these young people will lack many of the skills needed to get a good job. The report will be launched on October 16.

WIDE provides vivid visualizations that enable you to look beyond the averages. You can, for example, compare in detail how countries’ performance has changed over time. Looking at Cambodia, you will find that while the average years of education increased by more than two years for 17-22 year olds over a decade, the gap between the richest and poorest in the country has remained constant throughout the period.