Academic research and action for inclusive development

PhD research on inclusive business models and practical examples of community based inclusion

agenda June 4, 2018

On the of 24th of May, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB) explored practical examples of community based inclusion and the use of academic research for inclusive development. During this session, Help a Child (Red een Kind) discussed the results of their ‘parenting challenge’ in Malawi and shared the best practices of their ‘Disability Inclusion Process’. Janvier Kini (University of Amsterdam) presented the latest state of his PhD research on empowering women food entrepreneurs through inclusive business models.

Practical examples of community based inclusion
Help a Child has recently finished a successful pilot in Malawi and Uganda that focuses on parenting skills. Using group-based methods, women and men participated in discussions, group-work, and role plays. Except for the mandatory basic module, each group could choose other models to their liking. In total, they supported 52 men and 108 women. Help a Child reported that the parents can now cook better nutritious meals, understand their child better, and form a more effective team with their spouse.

Help a Child has also booked a lot of progress in their Disability Inclusion Process. Since 2016, Help a Child has been steering towards a portfolio that only contains programmes that are oriented towards community-based inclusion. During this process, Help a Child enjoyed a close collaboration with Light for the World in the trainings, tools, and sharing experiences.

Women as economic agents
Then Janvier Kini (PhD researcher of the department of Human Geography, planning and international development studies at the University of Amsterdam), took the stage to present his research ‘Empowering Women Food Entrepreneurs Through Inclusive Business Models’. In collaboration with prof. dr. Nicky Pouw, Janvier is theorizing a business model in which women who are left behind are now included. Co-creation, complementarity, and commons based on profit are central values in this model:

Just as every actor is a society member, each actor can become an economic agent. Community entrepreneurship is key.

Shared statement for inclusion
The afternoon ended with a discussion in which attendees shared their vision on the policy note published by Minister Kaag. The prominence of the private sector and the absence of CSOs in the animation are cause for concern for the members of the LNOB platform. The concept of Leaving No One Behind is not often enough addressed in a relation with explicit actions. These concerns have motivated the platform to publish a shared statement soon.

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 (send to

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