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​The Path to Leave No One Behind

There are many who proclaim ‘leave no one behind’ (LNOB) as the new paradigm shift in development. While, from a conceptual perspective, LNOB is the continuation of ‘inclusive development’ which replaced ‘pro-poor growth’ in the early 2000s, it indeed marks a paradigm shift for development practice. The MDGs lacked clear goals on inclusion. Consequently, ‘pro-poor growth’ and ‘inclusive development’ could be (mis-)used by development practitioners as rhetorical devices rather than creating practical commitment. With the Agenda 2030, this is no longer possible. LNOB unambiguously implies that people at the very bottom are the top priority – for all SDGs! How can this be achieved? How can we design and implement our programmes/projects in a way that they effectively improve the lives of the ones at the very bottom? Learn more »

Kim Kessler, December 2017

​Market Systems Approaches and 'Leaving No One Behind'

The Agenda 2030 has set the clear commitment to ‚leave no one behind‘. What role can market systems approaches play in reaching the most marginalized people? Jodie Thrope conducted a structured analysis on this question, with specific suggestions on entry points to overcome economic exclusion and key factors for the success of programmes which apply a market systems approach and aim to reach people at the very bottom.  Learn more » 

Kim Kessler, December 2017

Beneficiary Assessment of the Katalyst Programme in Bangladesh

SDC uses Beneficiary Assessments to learn from the views of beneficiaries. The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was commissioned to implement a Beneficiary Assessment of the Katalyst programme in Bangladesh, a market systems programme in operation since 2002. IDS designed and carried out in collaboration with Praxis (Institute for Participatory Practices, India) a research process that aimed to build an understanding of the needs and concerns of farmers (as articulated by them) and to assess whether these coincide with benefits ascribed to market system programmes. Using Participatory Systemic Inquiry, this novel approach to a Beneficiary Assessment led to rich learning that validated the orientation of the SDC Bangladesh strategy. Learn more »

Marina Apgar, IDS

Operationalizing SDC’s Poverty Focus in Bangladesh

"Poverty" and its alleviation lie at the core of SDC's mandate and therefore is the key objective of SDC's engagement in Bangladesh. Since late 2013, SDC-Bangladesh has been working to raise awareness among staff and partners about poverty and inclusion, to assess how it monitors its interventions, and to provide additional guidance for partners with regard to identifying, targeting, monitoring and measuring the effects of their activities in relation to poor and disadvantaged people. In 2016, an exercise was started by SDC Bangladesh and its partners to arrive at a common meaning of poverty, to ensure strategies for tackling poverty are hardwired into SDC and partner's theory of change, and to strengthen the capacity of SDC partners to monitor their interventions and set specific targets to reach the poor and disadvantaged. As part of the SDC Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section's collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), this process was accompanied by an IDS fellow. Learn more » 

12.17/ ​Jane Stevens

Call for Consultancy for Beneficiary Assessment in Honduras

The Swiss Red Cross is looking for consultancy to conduct a Beneficiary Assessment (BA) in Honduras. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate an ongoing community development project on “health and disaster risk management” (2014-2018). Deadline for application is 31 December 2017. For further information, download the ToR or contact Grégoire Labhardt (Program Coordinator).

​Briefing Paper “Global Inequalities”

The final Briefing Paper on Global Inequalities is now available. The paper was authored by the Centre for Development and Environment (University of Bern) in consultation with the Learning Trajectory Group on Global Inequalities. It provides SDC staff with the state-of-the-art knowledge on inequalities (SDG 10) and its link to poverty reduction (SDG 1). The Learning Trajectory Group is currently discussing the practical implications of the paper for SDC. To learn more and to access the paper, click here.

12.11.2017 / Kim Andr​​​eas Kessler, Academic Intern, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, ​SDC​

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