How can we provide faster and more affordable solutions for identifying the socially excluded and the factors related to exclusion?
The Exclusion Radar project members are working hard on setting up a pilot in 27 villages in Nepal. The pilot is supposed to show how to reach the socially excluded that are so difficult to identify. Two members of The Spindle Inspiration Council have joined the project. We invite more organisations to join The Exclusion Radar in order to pilot in different contexts. A session on this topic will be planned. Send an e-mail to Heinz for more information.
The initiative is based on the recognition that the majority of the excluded people are not reached by development interventions.
In the framework of the Partos innovation platform ‘The Spindle’, a group of organisations and individuals set themselves the task to develop a fast and affordable solution that enables development agencies to identify the excluded households and people in a given geographic area.
We call this solution ‘The Exclusion Radar’. The initiative is based on the recognition that the majority of the excluded people are not reached by development interventions. In fact, research shows that interventions tend to target groups that are in between the poor and the middle class. Organisations that do want to reach out to excluded people, face one particularly difficult challenge.
The current methods for identifying the excluded are based on surveys that require sending enumerators to the field gathering data through going from door to door. Because this requires a lot of manpower and time it is a step that is often neglected. This is one of the reasons why the limited out-reach of interventions to the extreme poor is often only recognized when programs are in an advanced stage, if at all.
The first prototype of the Exclusion Radar is based on mobile phone technology that makes it possible to gather citizen generated data on exclusion. We have combined this technology with a smart incentive system to encourage citizens to provide reliable information. Karuna Foundation Nepal will further develop and test the prototype.