The role of good governance in reducing poverty and inequality: evidence from a scoping review of interlinkages between SDGs 16, 10 and 1

Allen, Cameron / Anita Breuer / Julia Kercher / Julia Leininger / Pooja Balasubramanian / Arvinn Gadgil
External Publications (2022)

in: Breuer, Anita / Daniele Malerba / Srinivasa, Srigiri / Pooja Balasubramanian (eds.), Governing the interlinkages between the SDGs: approaches, opportunities and challenges, London: Routledge, 30-50

ISBN: 978-1-03-218465-4
Open access

Targets under SDG 16 of the 2030 Agenda include institutional principles of good governance, which are considered key enablers for all other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite their systemic importance, existing literature on SDG interlinkages has thus far provided limited coverage on how exactly aspects of good governance enable or constrain the improvement of social and economic systems. To fill this gap, this chapter presents the results and key findings from a scoping review of scholarly literature dealing with interlinkages between institutional aspects of SDG 16 and the achievement of poverty reduction (SDG 1) and reduced inequalities (SDG 10). The results of the review reveals that empirical evidence from across the globe testifies to the positive contribution of accountable, transparent and inclusive governance to the reduction of poverty and inequality.

About the authors

Breuer, Anita

Political Scientist


Balasubramanian, Pooja

Social Economics


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