A community approach as a base for the strategy on inclusive development

How to make your programme approach more inclusive?

agenda April 26, 2018

On the 19nd of April, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB)* explored new ways to include the notions of Leave No One Behind in the strategy of their organisation.

In this meeting, the participants learned from the new strategy of the Leprastichting (NLR) presented by Karin van Knippenberg and the approach of the Karuna Foundation presented by Merel Scheurs. The participants also discussed difficulties in implementing these strategies and gave tips to deal with these difficulties.

Disability inclusive development of the Leprastichting
The Leprosy foundation recently started a new strategy. This strategy has a strong focus on reaching impact, learning and innovation. It exists out of four key priority programmes, among which the programme on ‘disability inclusive development’.

Important factors here are the participation of the targeted people themselves and the implementation of innovative solutions, like the Skin4LApp.
Right now, the programme is in its pilot phase. By learning in focus groups and Skype sessions, pilot projects from all over the world communicate and learn from each other. Besides that, an intensive baseline survey is carried out to gather data on disabled people. In this way, the ‘road to inclusion’ can be made and discussed within the community. Ambitions for the future are to replicate and scale up the projects.Want to read more about this programme? Click here to see the powerpoint presentation.

The approach of the Karuna foundation
The Karuna foundation was founded in 2007 and their mission is to improve the quality of the lives of disabled children and pregnant women in Nepal. The approach of Karuna is that its programme can be replicated by itself. An important model that is used here is the Inspire2care model.

The main focus of the model is local responsibility and ownership of the targeted group: people develop themselves, but it is community-driven. The aim is therefore to mobilize a self-organizing community that carries out the programme by itself.
Sustainability and an exit strategy are central values in the work of the Karuna foundation. Before the start of a programme, it is clear how the community will continue after three years when Karuna ends its activities in the community. The main goal of Karuna in this three years is to support the community in organizing itself and help the villagers to apply for government money that should be spent on this theme.

Right now the programme is in its upscaling phase: the goal is to implement it in 500 villages; half of all the provinces in Nepal in the next five to ten years.

Guide on inclusive business
A new project of the LNOB platform is to contribute to the Guide on Inclusive Business, that is under development right now. Endeva is the initiator of the guide and is led by Nelleke van der Vleuten in the Netherlands. The aim of the guide is to advise NGOs how to cooperate with the private sector. The report will have an informing and practical side, where questions about possible barriers, roles NGOs should take upon and how NGOs should organize internally to these partnerships.

The report will be based on the experiences of NGOs with their relationships with private companies. private relationships. The role of the LNOB platform is to advise Nelleke van der Vleuten by providing cases, have in-depth interviews and discuss the temporal outcomes plenary with the core group from the LNOB-platform.


Notes, presentations, actions to take and other information shared on the Platform can be found on the LNOB dropbox. You are welcome to join the LNOB Platform and share your ideas, tools, and documents. Do you want to join? Send an e-mail to  info@thespindle.org.


*The LNOB platform develops, shares and promotes knowledge, innovative solutions and policies that contribute to ending poverty and exclusion.

The TAAP toolkit for more inclusive programs

Read more

Inclusion platform insists on comprehensive plan for disaggregated data

Read more

More than growth needed for inclusive development

Read more

Do you want the latest news?