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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​

​Newsletter Poverty-Wellbeing Sep 2017

With the new layout of our newsletter and an updated version of our Poverty-Wellbeing Shareweb, we aim to make our work more visible. Visibility is also the main theme featured in this newsletter. How can we make sure we do not overlook the people most vulnerable to poverty in our programmes/projects? While our mandate is to ensure that no one is left behind, our Learning Trajectory ‘Global Inequalities’ revealed that it is equally important to address inequality by applying a “whole of society”–approach in order to achieve sustainable development. I now wish you an inspiring read! Read newsletter »

09.2017 / Anne Moulin, Poverty reduction and social development adviser

Invisible Power: 'Poor People' or 'People Living in Poverty'?

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

The Invisibility of People in Development Projects

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

How to Tackle National Inequalities?

Are you working for SDC and would you like to better understand and tackle inequalities? The Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section has successfully launched a Learning Trajectory on 'Inequalities'. Bolivia, Mozambique, and our Global Programme Food Security have already reviewed their cooperation/thematic strategies from an inequality perspective. Do you wish to join this and other activities in order to strengthen SDC's focus on inequality? If so, click here »​


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