This report provides systemic understanding of hidden apartheid still under represented and widely practiced. The comprehensive study was prepared by Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF) in association with Regions Refocus 2015 and Asia Parliamentarians Forum on Dalit Concerns (APFDC).
Discrimination based on Work and Descent (caste) has been referenced as an important variable of exclusion (thus development) in important outcome documents including the UN Development Group Report, 2013 and report from the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities, 2013. We
welcome the recognition that impediments of caste would set back the process of development for all. However, it is regrettable that the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) fail to mention or specifically address discrimination based on work and descent (caste) (ADRF November 2014). As these concerns are not explicitly mentioned in the final 2030 Agenda, however, more work remains
to be done to ensure that the new development framework works towards structural justice.