Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore positive action, as outlined in the 2010 UK Equality Act, in the context of the UK-based development organisations. Although it is critical of existing provisions and approaches, it does not advocate for abandoning positive action principles entirely; rather, we encourage greater use of positive action across the sector, while calling for active consideration of the ways in which existing provisions can be used to encourage more equity-based approaches.
Guiding question: What is the potential for the current positive action legal framework in the UK to promote greater equity in the global development sector?
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