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Understanding the capacities required at the local level to address gender inequalities effectively
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Deliberation and Development: Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies

Deliberation and Development: Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

A new book, Deliberation and Development: Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies, is now available in the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository.

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The Politics of Inclusive Development: Hardback: Sam Hickey - Oxford University Press

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Hardback: Sam Hickey - Oxford University Press | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
This collection brings together internationally-renowned experts to offer a comprehensive review of how politics shapes inclusive development in the global south. Each aspect of development is covered: social, economic, environmental and cultural, with each substantive chapter offering a systematic review of the evidence in the relevant field.
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UNU-WIDER : WP/2015/008 Home-grown and grassroots-based strategies for determining inequality towards policy action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe approach in perspective

Survey-based tools for determining inequality in Africa have been critiqued for being too expensive, and oftentimes unsuitable to the realities of the region. By re-introducing the traditional "Ubudehe" community-based practice, Rwanda has been able to develop a relatively easy to use tool for gathering and comparing data across the country. Data generated through Ubudehe has been used in policy-making, including in the key health and education sectors.

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This working paper from UN University (UNU-WIDER) contains an interesting analysis of how a community-based measure of wealth distribution is feeding into national-level policy making in Rwanda. This micro-macro link was made possible when the government developed a database bringing together all inequality data gathered through community-level ("Ubudehe") consultations. The Ubudehe categorization system recognizes many different "nuances" of poverty and wealth: the destitute, the very poor, the poor, the resourceful poor, the food rich and the money rich.


According to the paper, the Ubudehe categorization has several practical policy applications, such as determining what amount one pays for government-provided health insurance. The study found that "over 90 per cent of Rwandan citizens have signed up to the health insurance policy as a result."  The national education policy also relies on the Ubudehe categorization to determine who qualifies for full or partial government scholarship and bursary, and who is deemed financially stable enough to bear the full burden of tuition fees.


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Transformative Change through Social Protection?

Transformative Change through Social Protection? | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
A study of five social protection projects in South Asia has found they struggled to create transformative change, and were unable to tackle the persistent discrimination driving poverty and social exclusion.
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This article is based on a study by the UK-based Overseas Development Institute of social protection programmes in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Amplifying women's voices in India through internet know-how and social change | Scidev

Amplifying women's voices in India through internet know-how and social change | Scidev | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
Web safety training for Indian women would remove barriers to getting their voices heard online, says Shivani Gupta.
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Facebook recently launched an "innovation challenge" to encourage the design of apps that help women get online. This article highlights some of the barriers to women's internet access in India and some strategies for bridging the gap between boys and girls in technology use.

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Can social protection and labour programmes contribute to social inclusion? Evidence from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Can social protection and labour programmes contribute to social inclusion? Evidence from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
Discussions around the post-2015 development goals and the proposed ‘leave no-one behind’ principle have revived global interest in inequality and the role of social protection in promoting social inclusion. But can social protection tackle the drivers that perpetuate poverty and inequality?
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This publication (ODI Briefings 85, May 2014) discusses the answers to these questions, drawing on primary ODI research from four South Asian countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal.


The paper can be downloaded at the following link:

http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/7591-social-protection-exclusion-inclusion-asia-bangladesh-afghanistan-india-nepal

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Tool kit on gender equality results and indicators | SEA Change CoP

This toolkit aims to assist development practitioners to integrate gender perspectives

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The toolkit presents a menu of gender equality outcomes, results, and indicators that may be selected or adapted by users.

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CCAFS training-of-trainers (TOT) manual to prepare South Asian rural women to adapt to climate change | SEA Change CoP

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This training-of-trainers manual is designed to train practitioners to be able to deliver a capacity enhancement workshop (CEW) to rural women on climate change and gender. It has been designed by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and is appropriate to the South Asian context. 

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Addressing horizontal inequalities as drivers of conflict in the post-2015 development agenda - TransConflict

Addressing horizontal inequalities as drivers of conflict in the post-2015 development agenda - TransConflict | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
Horizontal inequalities increases the risk of violent conflict, and violence and conflict can worsen inequalities.
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Ending poverty is about the politics of power: Introducign the OECD Development Cooperation Report 2013

Ending poverty is about the politics of power: Introducign the OECD Development Cooperation Report 2013 | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

A necessary starting point in any discussion of ending poverty is “What do we mean by poverty?” The answer to that question has proved surprisingly fluid in recent years, as crude income definitions of poverty have come under intellectual challenge from a number of quarters (a recurring theme in this Development Co-operation Report).

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In a post on Oxfam's From Poverty to Power blog reflecting on what these new insights mean for development practice, Duncan Green notes: "the shift from poverty to power is often an extremely local process (even within households, in the case of violence against women), and this raises important challenges for us as outsiders seeking to promote development in poor countries. It means learning to negotiate the fine line between effectiveness and interference. It also means accepting a more humble role in the drama of development: the primary actors are national and the impacts of outside interventions, for good or ill, are probably less extensive than many of us thought. 

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The need for a global approach to fighting against extreme poverty and ensuring sustainable development | Social Watch

The need for a global approach to fighting against extreme poverty and ensuring sustainable development | Social Watch | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

At a seminar discussing the need for a global approach to fight extreme poverty and ensure sustainable development, speakers and attendees  said that the post-2015 Development Programme ought to include many areas neglected in the MDGs. Roberto Bissio, Social Watch, finds that the poverty threshold of $1.25 is too low and artificially reduces the the number of people who are recorded as living in poverty. It makes poverty invisible in rich countries and pays no attention to the shame and suffering it causes throughout the world. 

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Want to empower girls? Three ideas

Want to empower girls? Three ideas | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
How can community organizations help girls and young women improve their lives? Here, we discuss three ideas for development professionals and others working to empower women around the world.
 
Recognize that norms are important.
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The road to surveillance is paved with good intentions – and warning signs

The road to surveillance is paved with good intentions – and warning signs | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
Carly Nyst: Iris scanning and GPS tracking are increasingly central to the delivery of aid. The consequences could be devastating
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We increasingly take for granted that use of new information and communication technologies is good for development. But this article from the Guardian poses some ethical questions around the use of technology in aid programmes, noting:


There is a real danger that the aid community is laying the groundwork for pervasive – and potentially devastating – surveillance. By encouraging the sharing of incredibly sensitive information through insecure mobile networks, the establishment of national centralised databases of invasive biometric information, the analysis of location data derived from mobile phones, or the use of private-public partnerships to deliver mobile access to financial services, these organisations are providing the building blocks for surveillance states.

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Financing the future: How international public finance should fund a global social compact to eradicate poverty | ODI

Financing the future: How international public finance should fund a global social compact to eradicate poverty | ODI | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

This report concludes that the proposed Sustainable Development Goals are "achievable" and sets out the case for a strengthened commitment for international public finance to support a new social compact focused on the poorest countries.

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The authors identify minimum income provisions and universal access to healthcare and good quality education as the three key components of such a social compact that can help to "tackle chronic poverty, stop impoverishment, and accelerate the escape from poverty."

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On Norms and Agency: Conversations about Gender Equality with Women and Men in 20 Countries (Directions in Development)

This book seeks to understand the pathways toward greater gender equality by looking at the deepest constraints present for women and men alike.
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Complexity and Systems Thinking: New Perspectives that Check Assumptions | Agrilinks

Complexity and Systems Thinking: New Perspectives that Check Assumptions | Agrilinks | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
As practitioners and policy makers strive to find transformative solutions with the potential for large-scale reductions in global poverty and hunger, it is more important than ever to check assumptions and ensure that we learn and adapt as we go.
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Interesting reflections from USAID practitioners in Ethiopia about the challenges of confronting conventional wisdom that agricultural value chains can help to link poor farmers to markets (and hence pull them out of poverty).


Findings from actual practice however point to the opposite reality, in the case of the poorest farmers, which raises the question of whether the poorest farmers can ever become market entrepreneurs. Even more starkly, the USAID/Ethiopia study found that "most small businesses in Ethiopia are expected to fail." Instead, it is the better-off farmers that are most likely to be able to grasp the opportunities offered by market-based development programmes.


It will be interesting to see how these findings are fed into pro-poor value chain development programmes.

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Demystifying the MOOC

Demystifying the MOOC | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses haven’t changed the world of education. The average user is a white American man with a degree already. But that doesn’t mean they’re failures.
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The vision behind the rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is providing free access to the best educational resources for those who would ordinarily never get a chance to attend elite universities. But a few years down the line, the the full benefits of online learning are yet to be tapped by those who probably need them the most. This article charts the progress of MOOCs over the past three years and explores what needs to happen to deliver on their original promise.

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Introducing the Women’s Rights Campaigning Info-Activism Toolkit · Global Voices

Introducing the Women’s Rights Campaigning Info-Activism Toolkit · Global Voices | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
The toolkit is a new resource to help activists equip themselves to run effective campaigns. It is now available in four languages.
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The toolkit was launched in January 2014 by Tactical Tech, an organization dedicated to the use of information in activism. In addition to English, the toolkit is currently available in Arabic, Kiswahili, Hindi and Bengali under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, allowing users to adapt the content to make it more relevant for their area.


In this article, Lisa Gutermuth, Project Manager at Tactical Tech explains the origins of the toolkit and how it can be adapted.

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From Poverty to Power » Feminists in Development Organizations:

From Poverty to Power » Feminists in Development Organizations: | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

"Feminist Bureaucrats (the authors’ preferred title) is written by a network of gender specialists in aid agencies and NGOs, who have been supporting each other over the years in trying to push women’s rights higher up the agenda of their organizations."

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e-valuation » new book ~ Feminist Evaluation & Research: Theory & Practice

e-valuation » new book ~ Feminist Evaluation & Research: Theory & Practice | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

Available in April, a new edited book (Guilford Press) that explores the ‘whats,’ ‘whys,’ and ‘hows’ of integrating feminist theory and methods into applied research and evaluation practice.

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Campaign to change corporate responsibility practices of big food companies away from philanthropy to rights

Campaign to change corporate responsibility practices of big food companies away from philanthropy to rights | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

This post highlights Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign, which   focuses on the world’s 10 largest food and drinks companies (the Big 10), challenging them to improve policies on gender, workers, smallholders, land, water, climate change and transparency.

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Gender equality: will the post-2015 goals succeed where the MDGs failed?

Gender equality: will the post-2015 goals succeed where the MDGs failed? | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it
UN Women's John Hendra argues gender equality won't be achieved without tackling structural constraints
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How Should Food Security and Agriculture Fit Into the Sustainable Development Goals? | Farming First

How Should Food Security and Agriculture Fit Into the Sustainable Development Goals? | Farming First | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

The process to develop Sustainable Development Goals for the UN’s post-2015 agenda is well under way. From May 22-24, the UN convened its Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in a session to discuss food security, nutrition, and water. I attended this session on behalf of Farming First to offer our coalition’s perspective on the post-2015 agenda.

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Strategies for integrating gender into climate change and agriculture research « CGIAR-CCAFS

On October 2013, 22-25, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) theme Linking Knowledge to Action coordinated a G...
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More information and videos from the October 2013 workshop in Nairobi available at: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/challenging-gender-assumptions-within-farming-and-climate-change-research

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When Do Inequalities Cause Conflict?

When Do Inequalities Cause Conflict? | Gender and social inclusion | Scoop.it

Inequalities between rich and poor increase the likelihood of conflict, right? Not necessarily, says Rens Williams. A review of the literature shows that some inequalities matter more than others.

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