A development education resource exploring human development and human rights

Today, over 80% of the world’s population lives in the Third World where some 48% of people live on less than $US2 per day. 57% of the world’s people must share 1% of the world wealth while the richest 1% controls over 40%. The rich of the world continue to consume resources (such as oil and metals) and produce wastes (such as plastics and greenhouse gases) at a rate of 32 units per capita while the poor consume at a rate of 1 unit per capita.

Such inequalities did not happen by chance – they have been created and are maintained by a wholly unjust and unsustainable model of international ‘development’ (and ‘underdevelopment’).

80:20 Development in an Unequal World explores these, and many other, inequalities and injustices in an accessible and understandable fashion. This development education resource offers ideas, facts and figures, graphs, images and cartoons as well as analysis of the world today. It comes with a support DVD containing over 100 activities on using the book and its contents in educational settings plus a range of additional materials including video resources.


The 7th Edition

The 7th edition, published by 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World (Ireland) and the New Internationalist (UK) in October 2016. Previous editions have been extensively used in universities, schools, adult and youth groups. well as analysis of the world today.

80:20 Development in an Unequal World is a development education resource designed and written by an international group of authors and educationalists. It explores inequalities and injustices in an accessible and understandable fashion, with facts, figures, graphs, images and cartoons as well as analysis of the world today.



Comments on the previous edition of 80:20:


“A highly respected essential text for those interested in or studying issues of international development.” Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.

“Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship should be ‘transformative’ education. Resources like 80:20 and events such as this conference will help teachers in Wales to deliver quality ESDGC, this essential but challenging strand.” - Lucy Kirkham, Geography, Bassaleg School, Newport, Wales

“80:20 Development in an Unequal World is a wonderful resource for teachers and learners alike. If we really believe that enabling young people to be ‘responsible citizens’ is a fundamental aim of the curriculum, then this book, with its in-depth analysis of a whole range of issues affecting people across the world, should become an essential resource in the ‘learning classroom’. It is attractive, engaging, challenging and never simplistic or patronising and could allow schools to put global issues at the heart of the curriculum. It is particularly useful as schools seek to engage learners in inter-disciplinary learning.”Professor Brian Boyd, University of Strathclyde, Scotland


The new edition Includes:

  • 12 originally art-worked double page infographics, cartoons and full page photography
  • Perspectives & authors from across the world
  • ‘Debate’ pages - arguments for and against
  • Completely revised content with new chapters on justice and development; women’s rights; human development today; resources; climate change and development; trade and development and more.

Pre-publication discounts and orders:

Please contact the 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World office for details concerning wholesale & bulk orders on +353 (0) 1 2860487 or email ciara@8020.ie

Editors: Tony Daly, Ciara Regan and Colm Regan
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-316-8
Dimensions: 200 mm x 260 mm
Page extent: 308
Publication date: October 2016

For additional information and queries contact us by email ciara@8020.ie or call +353(0)12860487.