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​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 »​

Targeting Reviewed

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 »

15.07.2017 / Barbara Weyermann, Programme Manager, Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal

Inclusive Development Index ​​

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a well-es​​tablished standard to measure economic progress of a country. Is this national indicator satisfactory in times of increasing within country inequality and growing political commitment to promote economic growth that benefits all? The Inclusive Development Index (IDI), introduced by the WEF 2017 Inclusive Growth and Development Report, allows for a comprehensive understanding of economic development and helps to bring inclusive growth approaches into practice. ​ ​​Learn more »
13.04.2017​ / Kim Andreas Kessler

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