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How to fix a leaky bucket: Fastenopfer's Solidarity Groups approaches

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»


​Newsletter Poverty-Wellbeing March 2020 | LNOB online training, actions for universal social protection, unwrapping inequalities

Do you want to deepen your understanding of how to target the most vulnerable in your work by applying 'Leave No One Behind' in practice? Do you want to find out more about good practices on LNOB from Burkina Faso and Kosovo? Do you want to learn about concrete cases and sets of action to guarantee universal social protection? Are you interested in how to unwrap and better tacke inequalities? Then take a look at the spring newsletter to learn more»

Stephanie Guha / March 2020

​New online training on LNOB available

A new online training is available on 'Leave no one behind – Challenges and opportunities of implementation'. For detailed information on the training and further information on LNOB, visit our dedicated pageRegistration is extended until 27 March

Click here to find out more and to register»

Stephanie Guha / March 2020

Q&A to "Leave No One Behind" - Experiences from Burkina Faso

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»

Estelle Gagnebin / March 2020 

ILO Report of Global Social Protection Week

In its centenary year, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) invited in November 2019 to the Global Social Protection Week in Geneva. Read the outcome document (available in English and French) that provides a vision for the future of social protection and calls for immediate action to guarantee universal, comprehensive, adapted and sustainable social protection systems that provide adequate levels of benefits for all to achieve SDG 1.3.

Also, find the full program of the week that includes video recordings from high-level sessions and audio recordings from the technical sessions. Find out more»

Stephanie Guha / March 2020

​"I feel more loved." Autonomy, self-worth and Kenya's universal pension

This paper from Development Pathways presents the findings of a qualitative research study conducted in order to observe the impacts of Kenya's social pension on one rural community. The study found that the pension has already had significant outcomes on older persons' autonomy and self-worth. Older persons no longer need to rely on others for basic support, and therefore feel less like a burden to their family members. They are able to earn money in a way that is more appropriate for their age, which affords them more freedom to realise their ideal roles in society as elders. Read the full study here»

Estelle Gagnebin / March 2020 

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