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The Inequality Project: the Guardian’s in-depth look at our unequal world

Today the Guardian kicks off a new project investigating inequality of all kinds, all over the world. Here’s how we plan to approach it – and how you can get involved

By Mike Herd / The Guardian / Tuesday 25 April 2017 00.58 EDT


The Inequality Project is supported by

Ford Foundation

Inequality is all around us – some all-too visible, much of it obscure and insidious. Experts are lining up in ever-greater numbers to warn of its harmful effects – from Professor Stephen Hawking, who wrote in the Guardian of technology’s role in growing levels of income inequality, to Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, who told the world’s business leaders earlier this year: “I hope people will listen [to my warnings] now.”

Not everyone is listening, though – in part because the picture can be very confusing. In the UK, for instance, the Office for National Statistics revealed the gap between the richest and poorest fifths of society fell significantly last year. However, it also said Britain’s generational divide is growing, with a boost to pension payments masking the continued struggle of many other households.

In Australia, the country’s sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has highlighted her concerns about the “surprising and concerning” prevalence of opposition to advancing gender equality. And in the US, a new book by Professor Tom Shapiro, Toxic Inequality, reveals how ingrained, systemic racism is responsible for the widening gap between the wealth of white and African American households.

Over the coming year, the Guardian’s Inequality Project – supported by the Ford Foundation – will try to shed fresh light on these and many more issues of inequality and social unfairness, using in-depth reporting, new academic research and, most importantly, insights from you, our audience, wherever you are in the world and whatever your experiences of inequality.

• To get in touch, email us at

• To read all of the Guardian’s coverage of these issues, check out our inequality homepage.

About this project

The Inequality Project is supported by the Ford Foundation. All our content is editorially independent, with a remit to focus on inequality of all kinds, all over the world. The project is anchored from the Guardian’s London office, and is edited by Mike Herd.

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