Inclusion, Trickle-Up & a new Social Impact Bond

An inspiring, innovative and fruitful meeting of the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB)

On the 29th of November, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB) gathered to talk about a variety of different issues, proposals, and new ideas.

Inclusive Gaming – Hulan

The session started with a presentation by Rob Hulsen, founder of the game studio Hulan. Rob explained how games are developed in general and indicated which theories are used in the developing process. He showed two games developed by Hulan that are specifically designed to promote inclusion. Hulan designed a different device than the well-known controllers or keyboards to play games with, namely A pillow. This ‘pillo’ makes sure that everyone, no matter if you are young, old, vulnerable or disabled, can play a game by hugging, squeezing, shaking, turning or pushing the pillow. The second game is specifically designed to teach children about (un)equality. The game can only be won if wealth is shared equally among all players.

Business Case – Annet Lukkien

Annet (further) informed us about her social business case on disability inclusion in development, which was released December 3rd on World Disability Day. She stressed that governments, IGOs, NGOs, and the private sector need to/invest in:

  • Fund accessibility
  • Use the Washington questions
  • Fund resource and expertise
  • Participation of persons with disabilities at all levels

Annet stressed that there is no data about poverty and exclusion in The Netherlands. Therefore, in order to support disability inclusion, many more stories should be out there. Have a look at the business case to read her findings and recommendations as regards to disability inclusion in development.

Disability inclusion is not only morally right, but also economically makes sense

Aid & Trade in Dutch Development Cooperation – KIT

Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, from the KIT Royal Tropical Institute, presented their very extensive report on Trade and Aid in Dutch Development Cooperation and indicated 10 lessons that can be learned from this report, which all serve to make Dutch Aid & Trade more inclusive, impactful, focused and ambitious. His main conclusion and recommendation were that the poorest, both socially and economically, are reached to a very limited extent and only marginally addressed in the process of developing programs and interventions. Therefore, the poorest should be taken as both the central target group and the partner and change agents of interventions and programs. Curious about the meta-review of KIT, the 10 lessons learned and the reasoning behind it? Read the report.

Growth should be accompanied by targeted interventions to empower the poor

Trickle-Up & the ‘Fair-Capital Partos Impact Bond’

Bart Romijn, director of Partos, further informed the platform about Partos’ ideas for the ‘Trickle-Up’ formula. He noted that the predominant neo-liberal approach, also in development policies, favours the higher segments of society through investments and lower taxes, assuming that this also benefits the poor, the so-called ‘Trickle-Down’ principle. However, the trickle-down effect manifests itself as a collateral benefit rather than having a robust impact. Also, the focus is very much on the formal sector and has limited impact on the informal sector, being the biggest sector in many Sub-Sahara countries, both in terms of employment and Gross National Product. Therefore, we should aim for a complementary or alternative approach and (governmental) policies, which focus on the poorest and other excluded groups, both as target groups and change agents. Hence, this includes a shift in power and a shift in financial resources. We want to elaborate this as a proposition, under the provisional working title ‘Trickle-Up’. We have already a lot of supportive evidence. Not only the meta-review of KIT, as presented by Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, but also the findings of the INCLUDE platform, the business case of DCDD and the lessons learned by VOICE. Currently, these findings are yet marginally used in our political lobby. The idea of the proposition is to make a synthesis of evidence and to formulate recommendations, to feed both our political lobby and our own approaches (including innovation, funding modalities, etc.).

The meeting resulted in the following actions:

1- A group will be formed that is assigned the task to write a proposition about the ‘Trickle-Up’ formula. This group should also be connected to the Partos Lobby group. The group should include people with strong links to the ‘target’ groups. This refers to the poorest and specifically excluded groups.

2- A group will be formed that is assigned the task to elaborate the Social Impact Bond, together with Jan-Willem Nieuwenhuys from Fair-Capital Partners

Has your interest been peaked? More about these new ideas for a social impact bond and a further follow-up of this session will follow soon. Keep an eye on our website to read more or to join a new meeting of the Leave No One Behind Platform in 2019!

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