Paul Dornan is senior policy officer at Young Lives, based at the University of Oxford. Young Lives is a four country longitudinal study of childhood poverty, collecting data in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.
Inequality of opportunity provides a helpful way of framing the debate, particularly so as it shows the agreement that circumstances should not prohibit the fulfillment of talent. For children, early inequalities in learning or nutrition have serious life long (sometimes life shortening) consequences. Getting to zero on goals such as hunger or sanitation are vital, but engaging with inequality gives a route toward that goal.