On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB) held its first meeting of the year. On the agenda were dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in development programmes, updates by the lobby group and follow-ups on ongoing trajectories such as the Guide on Inclusive Business and Trickle-up.
News from Simavi: report “Dynamics of exclusion in the WASH” – Sara Ahrari
The session started with a presentation by Sara Ahrari, programme manager at Simavi, of the results of the research: “Dynamics of Exclusion in the WASH sector: Insights from Bangladesh, Nepal and Uganda”. The research was primarily based on a door-to-door household survey and was structured around the three elements of WASH, namely Water, Health and Sanitation. In each of the three countries, Simavi tried to assess how the quantity and quality of access to these three elements related to wealth. Also, further research was done on the gender aspect of inclusion/exclusion. One key conclusion was as highlighted by the differences in the research results among the three countries, dynamics of exclusion vary according to the theme and the context in question. If you want to know more about the specific findings, read the whole report here.
“Young Women and the Navigation of Same-Sex Intimacies in Contemporary Urban Senegal” – Loes Oudenhuijsen
Loes Oudenhuijsen, educational and research staff member of Leiden University and event coordinator at Voice4Thought, gave a presentation on her Master’s thesis’s research. Loes showed how young queer woman in urban Senegal, where homosexuality is illegal and a social taboo, are very active in their love life, and not only passive victims of discrimination. She focused on the concept of “queer(ing) spaces”, i.e. spaces that women create or reshape to practice their homosexuality. One important lesson learnt from this research was that women and queer people in Senegal have a highly creative capacity of negotiating spaces (physically and metaphorically) for homosexuality. This is the result of a bottom-up, loosely organised yet collective action rather than the product of the somehow top-down “promotion” by LGBTI organisations against the official discourse of criminalisation of homosexuality.
Results of Research for Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (INCLUDE Platform and Vice Versa publication) – Frank van Kesteren
Frank van Kesteren. member of the Secretariat of INCLUDE, the Dutch Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, presented the results of a research programme on Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, which have also been divulged through a special publication of the magazine ViceVersa. The general conclusion drawn from this research was that as new policies do not take place in a vacuum, understanding interlinkages with existing policies and institutions is crucial to provide integrated programmes for vulnerable groups. Productivity-increasing projects as well as social protection schemes need to be based on local needs and conditions/circumstances. Moreover, the meaning of inclusion was found to vary across different individuals and groups.
Next steps on “The Guide on Inclusion Business Partnerships” – Nelleke van Vleuten
Nelleke van Vleuten, responsible for the writing of a Practitioners guide on NGO-IB partnerships, reported on the latest progress and the next steps in this trajectory. The structure and the content of the guide have been defined, and the expectation is that the publication will be available online mid-March. In any case, a workshop around the guide will be organised during the Partos Innovation Festival of October 11, 2019.
Update on Data and Lobby – Lieke Scheewe
The LNOB lobby groups, led by Lieke Scheewe and Tiny Hoving, presented the plans on the agenda for the year 2019. This included writing of an LNOB statement made of 5 or 10 core principles, in order to create a common understanding of what LNOB and ‘inclusion’ in terms of the SDGs really mean. Please contribute to this statement! To do so, you can share your thoughts/inputs on the Google doc here.
Next steps in the “Trickle-up” trajectory and publication on Inclusive Civil Society Organisations
The writing of the manifest and of a synthetic study on Trickle-up has been assigned to Frank van Kesteren. To support both documents and make the proposal evidence-based, the Trickle-up team invites you to contribute by providing concrete and already existing examples of (large(r)-scale) effective trickle-up initiatives. To share your insights with us, please contact Luca Volonté, intern at the Spindle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Furthermore, for the third year in a row, Partos will release a publication on inclusion with The Broker. This year’s theme will be “Inclusive Civil Society Organisations” and is centred around the concept “Nothing About Us Without Us”. External input is more than welcome! If you want to contribute, please contact Anne-Marie Heemskerk (email@example.com).
Notes, presentations, actions, and other information shared on the Platform can be found on the LNOB dropbox.
Keep an eye on our website to read more or to join a new meeting of the Leave No One Behind Platform in 2019. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).