Donor agencies should adopt a more systematic understanding and view of equity, implement more pro-equity policies and encourage developing countries to do the same, a paper focusing on the meaning and importance of equity to development suggests. Harry Jones, author of the paper and research officer at the Research and Policy in Development program of the Overseas Development Institute, defines equity as the "principle that people should be treated equals."
Jones notes that while the importance of equity in development is recognized, there is no consistent or coherent exploration of policy priorities to achieve it. Promoting equity, he writes, can contribute to the positive processes of social change, improve development programming and encourage enthusiasm, political support and involvement for development efforts.
Jones describes a pro-equity policy agenda to include the following focus areas: redistribution and progressive taxation, affirmative action, welfare and social protection and intergenerational concerns. A policy agenda for equity, Jones adds, would also focus on shifting power imbalances to gain sustained impact.