Combatre la Desigualtat: El Gran Repte

Palau Macaya / 2017-2018



Fight inequality: the great global challenge

One of the great global challenges that condition the current moment and which explains our time is inequality. The evolution of globalization processes, led by the neoliberal agenda, has accelerated the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and accentuated the disproportion between an economic elite, the so-called 1% of the population and the rest of the humanity, in a process that questions the foundations of our present and future society.

If during the emancipation from the Ancient Regime, the fight for equality was one of the motors for the consecution of democratic rights and liberties that gave place to modernity, today we realize that the growing inequality produces increasingly asymmetrical and illegitimate forms of power. There are several voices that affirm that the consolidation of the current structures of distribution of goods and resources makes any realization of the democratic ideals unfeasible.


The inequality as an endemic phenomenon of the contemporary societies around the world requires reflection, debate and awareness of societies in order to curb its evolution and reduce its impact in the coming decades. The objective of the project is:

  • Generate a public debate about inequality.

  • Make it present in the Catalan and international public agenda.

  • Identify key themes.

  • Elaborate proposals and instruments to share with local and global actors

The project includes a series of activities in different formats: conferences, debates and seminars; with the aim of offering a plural space of dialogue to generate a constructive discourse that can be transferred to public debate and bring about a change in the policies and in the perception of conflicts derived from inequality.



The Catalunya Europa Foundation, with the support and collaboration of the Department of Work, Welfare and Family of the Generalitat de Catalunya, La Caixa Foundation and the Club of Rome, they organize the project "Combating inequality: a Global Challenge" to be held in 2017- 2018. The project counts with the advice of the collaborating institutions and relevant people of the Advisory Council of the Catalunya Europa Foundation.

The development of this project is coordinated by Pere Almeda and the direction team of the Catalunya Europa Foundation. Each session counts with a coordinator that defines the objectives and themes of debate, and is the responsible of elaboration the final article that summarizes the whole of the discussion.


Pere Almeda i Samaranch

Licentiate in law (UAB) and DEA in Politic Science (UPF and UB) with a thesis on theories of democracy and federalism. He has participated in diverse training and fellowship programs at London School of Economics, United Nations, ESADE and the Forum of Federations. He has worked in the Parliament of Catalonia and in the Cabinet of Justice and the Presidency of the Government of the Generalitat. He has been an assessor of the Group of the Greens of the European Parliament and was the coordinator of the international projects of the Recinte de Sant Pau in Barcelona. He has been the director of the Palau i Fabre Foundation. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona, member of the Executive Board of the Catalunya Europa Foundation and coordinator of the project "Fight inequalities: the great global challenge".

Oriol Aspachs i Bracons

Director of Macroeconomics and Financial Markets of CaixaBank Research and Professor of the Barcelona School of Management, of the Pompeu Fabra University, Doctor in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master in Economics and Finance from the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI). Prior to joining CaixaBank, he worked at the Financial Markets Group, the London School of Economics, and the Financial Stability Department of the Bank of England. He has published articles in prestigious academic journals and articles on economic policy, labor market, inequality, real estate market and financial stability, among others.

David Espiga i Garrofé

Licentiate in Economic and Business Sciences (UPF), Master in Economics and Finance (CEMFI-Bank of Spain) and Vicens Vives Program for Leadership and Civic Commitment (ESADE). He is currently Capital Planning Manager at CaixaBank and Director of the Higher Risk Management Program (CGRE-IEF). He has been the coordinator of the team of economic analysts in the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Xavier Martínez Celorrio

Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona (UB). He investigates educational inequalities, social policies and social mobility in the research group CRIT-Creativity, Innovation and Urban Transformation of the UB. He also collaborates with the Jaume Bofill Foundation. Among others, he has published Crisis, social decline and networks of trust (2016), Education and social mobility in Spain (2012) or Education and social mobility in Catalonia (2010). His latest reports and articles analyze social debtor, predestribution, educational equity, social mobility of young people and immigrants, the scholarship system, the new active schools, the impact of austerity in education and social innovation in well being. Analyst of social issues in El Periódico de Catalunya and other media.

David Murillo i Bonvehí

PhD in Sociology and licentiate in Humanities and management. Professor of the Social Sciences department in ESADE, at the Ramon Llull University and member of the management team of the Institute of Social Innovation of the same institution. His areas of teaching and research focus on business ethics, geopolitical thinking and globalization. Among his latest publications are: From Walmart to Al-Qaida. An interdisciplinary approach to globalization (2015), published by Greenleaf Publishing; as well as "The Business School's Right to Operate: Responsibilization and Resistance" published in the Journal of Business Ethics (2016).

Gemma Pinyol i Jiménez

Director of migratory politics and diversity at Instrategies, and research associate of the GRITIM-UPF. She is Expert of the Council of Europe in the framework of the Intercultural Cities Project and coordinator of the RECI-Network of Intercultural Cities. She has been the Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Immigration and Emigration (2010-2012) and previously, in charge of the Migrations Program of CIDOB (2001-2010). She is part of the Informal Expert Group on Economic Migration of the European Commission and has been linked to different European projects led by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. She holds a degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master's Degree in International Studies.


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