Leave No One Behind: (un)conditional cash and the international LHBTI-community

A recap of the 5th Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind meeting

agenda December 4, 2019

On Thursday, November 28, 2019, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB) held its fifth and last meeting of the year. On the agenda were: First, graduation approaches of (un)conditional cash transfer of 100weeks and Dorcas. Second, the international work of COC Nederland in supporting the LBHTI-community worldwide. Third, digitalisation in development: the needs, challenges and opportunities. Here you find the full detailed report of the meeting in which you will find links to all platforms and applications discussed.

Gitte Buch presented the graduation approach of 100weeks in which direct transfers of cash to poor women are combined with locally sources training and coaching. In order to make data-driven decisions, 100weeks develops a large data hub for which local employees facilitate the input. Regular checks on the participants’ spending habits enable improvement of the initiative and help with monitoring and evaluation of the impact. The money provided by donors is spent for various purposes, from buying land, starting a business to building savings or investment in education. Donors are connected to specific groups of women and have specific insight on how their money is spent. For more information about this revolutionary initiative see the PowerPoint here and read the full report of the meeting.

On behalf of Dorcas, Nico Smith came to present about their project Flourish that seeks to tackle poverty using a holistic graduation approach. In their project participants are poor families and households based in post-communistic areas. In these complex contexts, it is often seen that poverty is interwoven in a multitude of other social problems like lack of employment, disabled family members, lack of social security and coping with isolation and depression. As a leading principle, Dorcas aims to improve the autonomy of poor families by stimulating the reconnection with their social environment. These efforts are combined with consumption support in which participants are free to spend a small amount of money. These elements constitute the graduation approach, which is largely built on trust. Therefore, Dorcas discovered that the Flourish program is labour- and time-intensive. Want to know more? See their presentation here.

COC Nederland
Joyce Hamilton of COC Nederland introduced in her presentation the international strategy of COC. With their open model InsideOut, COC advocates the rights of the LBHTI-community worldwide and seeks to support a multitude of organisations fighting for the same goal. In 35 countries civil society organisations are actively supported with training, coaching and financial contributions in order to realise a strong, empowered and mobilised community. Besides the active lobby on the national and international level, COC also supports local activists in their context-specific activities. Because sexuality and gender are highly sensitive topics in many countries, COC actively chooses to not interfere in the strategies and activities of local organisations. Find out more about COC? Here you have their presentation.

Digitalisation in development
In 2020 digitalisation in development will be the cross-cutting theme of The Spindle. We put on the digital lens with regard to our topics and projects. For this reason, we are collecting input from our member organisations on their efforts in the digital era. We asked them what their organisations are currently doing in the digital field in order to promote inclusion and what the challenges and risks are.

From the short survey, it can be concluded that NGOs are active with a variety of digital technologies. Many platforms, systems and applications are currently developed and used both internally as externally. The focus seems to be most on mobile applications and social media platforms that facilitate communication among and with communities involved in projects. An important topic remains the ethics and security of collected data. The LNOB platform shared many experiences with certain platforms and service providers. You can find them here.

Notes, presentations, and other information previously shared within the Platform can be found on the LNOB dropbox.
Keep an eye on our website to read more or to join an upcoming meeting of the Leave No One Behind Platform in 2020. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us (info@thespindle.org).

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