Power analysis is well established in twenty-first century development work. Power operates at different levels (local, national, global) and appears in different forms. While most development practitioners are familiar with visible and hidden power, invisible power is much less known. This knowledge gap can be explained by the nature of ‘invisible power’, which is why this power dimension requires special attention. Read more »
18.03.2017 / Kim Andreas Kessler, Academic Intern, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, SDC
Information from project reports tend to make people invisible by using generic terms such as household, farmers, etc. The first question of interest to development actors is who exactly lives in a household. The second question is in what context these persons live. To know people in a gendered way living in a specific social and economic context fosters empowerment and facilitates a more accurate resource allocation. Read more »
18.08.2017 / Felix Fellmann, A+FS Network Focal Point, Global Programme Food Security, SDC
15.07.2017 / Barbara Weyermann, Programme Manager, Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal
Social discrimination and economic deprivation of a large majority of the population fuelled the armed conflict between the Maoist insurgents and the Nepali state (1996-2006). SDC Nepal responded with interventions designed to better reach out to disadvantaged groups. Slowly, a concept for systematic beneficiary targeting emerged. A decade into this practice, SDC Nepal commissioned a review of the targeting approach. Read more »
13.04.2017 / Kim Andreas Kessler
13.04.2017 / Kim Andreas Kessler
On an Advisor initiative, and with the support of IDS, a learning process began in April 2015 at the Bucharest seminar on Roma Inclusion. Two learning trajectories proposed by Nonprofit Organisations (NPOs) in charge of this theme were set up on different topics: Discrimination and Women's Empowerment. The idea was to share experiences and knowledge through documents, discussions between peers, interviews and reflection on field visits. The major goals of this learning process are to broaden the understanding of each subject and to understand the intermediaries’ role. To achieve this the groups met seven times, via Lync, between October 2015 and May 2016.
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Andrew Shepherd, a Director of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (UK) and Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (UK), visited SDC last November. In this short video, you will find his three messages to SDC and to development practitioners for eradicating poverty.
The Poverty-Wellbeing is a shareweb for exchange about poverty issues, by the
Swiss Development Cooperation.
“Poverty” as defined on this website is not confined to a lack of economic resources, but also to an absence of the wider means to live in dignity. Being poor is thus multidimensional, encompassing vulnerability and discrimination, and is as relevant in situations of humanitarian crisis and economic transition as it is in more general development discourse.
More 896 million people in the world today live in extreme poverty, and 2.1 billion live on less than 3.1 $ a day, yet the concerns and needs of very poor people continue to feature insufficiently in the design of development policies.