Solidarity Groups are an approach for community empowerment that is supported by the Swiss NGO Fastenopfer. Unlike other group-based savings schemes, in which groups are only vehicles for delivering financial services, Solidarity Groups focus on building strong cohesive communities. They use internal savings and lending as starting point for a community-led empowerment process that leaves no one behind. Working together in a spirit of solidarity enables extremely poor and marginalised people to build more resilient livelihoods, reduce their structural vulnerability to debt and exploitation, and gain greater control over their own destiny.
Programmes in Madagascar and Senegal were evaluated with a focus on understanding Solidarity Groups' Impacts using a rigorous mixed methods approach; India was evaluated separately focusing on understanding the importance of certain programme elements. Read more»
How can those left behind be identified? And which barriers must be overcome to reach certain target groups? The German development cooperation GIZ analyses potential approaches for integrating LNOB more effectively into ongoing projects in Burkina Faso and identifies opportunities for systematically reaching the poorest and most vulnerable groups. Find out more in the document “Questions and Answers to ‘Leave no one behind’ – Experiences from Burkina Faso”. Read more»
Find out about pilot actions in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam by the International Civil Society Center's 'Leave No One Behind Partnership.'
Services for people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups in Albania account for 25% of overall social services. However, only 17% of people with disabilities have access to social services throughout the country. The Development Center for children with disabilities in Lushnje was established in 2016 by the Municipality in partnership with UNDP and with funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). The collaboration with the Municipality for its establishment is part of UNDP support to various municipalities in Albania to design new models of community-based social services for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, aiming to provide inclusion to the furthest left behind. The intervention ultimately contributed in supporting the Municipality to provide 52 children with disabilities and their families with access to quality social care services.Find out more»
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