Inequality Matters

Inequality of income, access to health and education, and access to markets for trade is trapping people in a cycle of poverty despite their best efforts. The posters in the “Inequality Matters” series illustrate how much disparity there is in the world even in the fundamental human condition.

The original poster series was conceived and designed by Tom Geismar through AIGA for the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme in anticipation of The 2005 World Summit. The Summit, which was held on September 14-16, 2005, was the largest gathering of world leaders in history. Heads of state forged a common agenda on international development, security and human rights.

Spread the word

Halving extreme poverty by 2015 is doable but will not happen unless government and civil society act to close the ever-widening disparity-between countries and within countries. Spread the word by distributing the posters.

Each poster in the gallery is available as an 11x17“ PDF. Just click the thumbnail image to download. To view the file, you’ll need Acrobat Reader available for free. After you’ve downloaded your posters, spread the word by distributing them to friends, putting them up in shop windows and posting them to message boards.

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Jordan Craddock (AIGA Washington, DC)

Shelby Christin Spears (AIGA New York)

Sara DeViva

Meredith Boyter (AIGA Atlanta)

Carrie Cantwell (AIGA Atlanta)

Carrie Cantwell (AIGA Atlanta)

Laurie Cummings (AIGA Austin)

Scott Spector (AIGA Baltimore)

Scott Spector (AIGA Baltimore)

Hannah Liberty (AIGA Boston)

Lisa Hammershaimb (AIGA Chicago)

Yann Legendre (AIGA Chicago)

Yann Legendre (AIGA Chicago)

Maria Dimanshtein (AIGA Chicago)

Daphne Firos (AIGA Chicago)

Johnathan King (AIGA Cleveland)

Alisa Hatcher (AIGA Cleveland)

Cindy Hanna (AIGA Colorado)

Cindy Hanna (AIGA Colorado)

Cindy Hanna (AIGA Colorado)

Cindy Hanna (AIGA Colorado)

Cindy Hanna (AIGA Colorado)

Wade Lough (AIGA Knoxville)

Hilary Williams (AIGA Iowa)

Martha Shepp-James (AIGA Vermont)

Martha Shepp-James (AIGA Vermont)

Patricia Pereyra (AIGA Miami)

Lital Asher (AIGA Miami)

Ambica Prakash (AIGA Washington, DC)

Li-Ying Bao (AIGA Minnesota)

Li-Ying Bao (AIGA Minnesota)

Li-Ying Bao (AIGA Minnesota)

Li-Ying Bao (AIGA Minnesota)

Li-Ying Bao (AIGA Minnesota)

Kristen Youngman (AIGA New York)

Zoe Sheehan Saldana (AIGA New York)

Julie Ferrara (AIGA New York)

Nancy Smith (AIGA Seattle)

Matthew Althouse

Catherine Fischer (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Eric Thivierge (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Nick Sawyer (AIGA Philadelphia)

Robert Leef (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Johnathan Small (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Susan Buffalino (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Larrisa Juelg (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Austin Lindgren (AIGA Philadelphia)

Nancy Mata, Ben Cunningham (AIGA Central Pennsylvania)

Nancy Mata, Ben Cunningham (AIGA Central Pennsylvania)

Allan Espiritu, Radu Metene (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Tim Aichele (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Shane Forker (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Mike Reed (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Mike Capen (AIGA Philadelphia)

Allan Espiritu, Lucy Price (AIGA Philadelphia)

Emily Green (AIGA Blue Ridge)

James Chiponis (AIGA Philadelphia)

Melissa Marie Miller (AIGA Philadelphia)

Laureen Biruk (AIGA Miami)

John Bowers (AIGA Chicago)

Stephen Paul Cranshaw (AIGA Rhode Island)

Stephen Paul Cranshaw (AIGA Rhode Island)

David Habben (AIGA Salt Lake City)

Mike Lenhart (AIGA San Francisco)

Karen Parry (AIGA New York)

Andrea Leksen Harrison (AIGA Seattle)

Jinna Hagerty (AIGA Washington, DC)

Jenny Smith (AIGA Boston)


The Human Development Report

The Human Development Report (HDR) was first launched in 1990 with the single goal of putting people back at the center of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy and advocacy. The goal was both massive and simple, with far-ranging implications-going beyond income to assess the level of people's long-term well being. The Reports’ messages—and the tools to implement them—have been embraced by people around the world, evidenced by the publication of national human development reports at the country level in more than 120 nations. The Human Development Report is commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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The 2005 World Summit
Human Development Reports
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