K4D Learning Journey on Inclusion in Crises

Inclusion is an approach (and an objective) founded on the human rights principles of inherent dignity, participation and respect for diversity which counters structural discrimination and enables affected people and communities to more effectively anticipate, prevent, prepare, respond, recover and withstand the causes and impacts of crises.

Structural discrimination has a significant impact on the nature and scale of crisis risk and vulnerability as demonstrated by the disproportionate impact of the covid-19 pandemic on marginalised and excluded groups. In crisis settings, structural discrimination informs the policies, practices, attitudes & behaviours of authorities, non-state armed groups, humanitarian actors, civil society, households, & individuals. These are manifested as barriers which restrict access for marginalised people to resources, social participation, and services, including humanitarian assistance.

In recent years, the UK government has sought to implement a range of commitments relating to inclusion in its programme and policy responses to crises, particularly with respect to gender and, to a lesser degree, disability. This Learning Journey has been designed to support reflection on the opportunities and challenges for operationalising these commitments.

What topics will be covered?

From March to September 2021 learning activities will bring together different cadres, departments, and Posts to build a shared understanding of the relationship between inclusion, programme effectiveness, efficiency, conflict sensitivity and do no harm principles; highlight the latest evidence from research and practice; and identify ways to support advisors, programme teams and others to deliver improved outcomes for marginalised, crisis-affected people.

Who is this learning journey for?

This Learning Journey is open to all Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) staff but will specifically engage programme managers and advisors involved in crisis-related programming and policy. Active participation from across the humanitarian, social development, education, and peacebuilding cadres is strongly encouraged to achieve cross-learning and ground theory in practice.  

For more information about this Learning Journey, please contact Louise Oakley, Project Manager at IDS, at [email protected].

Please note that this Learning Journey is currently ongoing so this webpage will be updated throughout.

Helpdesk Reports

Helpdesk Report 1,000
Inclusion in Crisis Response, Recovery and Resilience
Becky Carter
​​​​​​​14 May 2021

Helpdesk Report 994
Impact of Social Inequalities and Discrimination on Vulnerability to Crises
Becky Carter
13 April 2021

Helpdesk Report 954
Social Inequalities and Famine and Severe Food Insecurity Risk
Becky Carter and Luke Kelly
30 June 2021

Learning Products

Briefing Note
Inclusion Across the Nexus in Protracted Conflicts
Becky Carter
1 March 2022

Key contacts

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Louise Oakley

Research and Learning Programme Manager



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