American University of Beirut

Inequality in Lebanon: Questioning Labor, Social Spending and Taxation​

​​​​Policy Brief


Dana Abed, Research and Policy Advisor, Oxfam ​
Maysa Baroud, ​Program Coordinator and Researcher, Governance and Policy Lab, IFI 
Fatima Moussawi, Program Coordinator and Researcher​, Civil Society Actors and Policy

The Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index re​port, produced by Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI), was launched in October 2020. The CRI index measures what governments are doing through their policy commitments to achieve SDG 10 on reducing inequality. The Index ranks 158 governments on their policies and commitments in three areas labor rights and wages, public services, and taxes—proven to be pivotal to reducing inequality. Rather than measure inequality directly, the index focuses on what each government is doing to fight inequality, as well as the actual impact of policies on reducing inequality. This policy brief is based on a public webinar and a policy dialogue hosted by Oxfam in Lebanon and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs aiming to discuss the results of the CRI and present recommendations that can lead to reducing inequality at the policy level in Lebanon, noting that the country’s multiple crises, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, have increased inequality, and pushed those most vulnerable further into the margins of poverty and insecurity.

Read the f​ull policy brief, here​.​

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