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Project

Poverty, Politics, and Participatory Methodologies in SDC

This Collaboration with the Quality Assurance (QA) Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is now in its second phase, running until December 2018. The aim of the program is to improve the quality and effectiveness of SDC processes and operations focused on poverty.

SDC sees poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon whose causes are often inherently political and are reproduced through the multi-faceted power relations that work against poor and marginalised people. It is aware of the politics of interventions and aid relationships, and seeks to design policies and strategies that work for the poor. SDC’s new Bill on development cooperation (2017-2020) is hence underpinned by a more comprehensive view of the multi-dimensional and relational nature of poverty and vulnerability.

In this Collaboration, IDS is supporting SDC staff, headquarters and country offices to keep up to speed with evolving understandings of the nature and dynamics of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion. It is assisting them in gaining a more participatory understanding of poverty and vulnerability, which supports processes that make the role of politics and power in the production and reproduction of poverty more transparent. In doing so it is helping to enable interventions that more effectively tackle the root causes of poverty. The Collaboration uses an ‘organisational learning and change’ approach to accompanying SDC activities, which is reflective, demand-based and rooted in the realities of SDC’s work.

Project details

start date
1 January 2015
end date
31 December 2018
value
£0

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Recent work

Publication

SDC Thematic Working Aid: Agriculture & Food Security

Agriculture remains a major source of livelihoods for the poor around the globe. Up to 800 million people and 78 percent of the poor live in rural areas and rely on agriculture to make a living. Agriculture is key to fight hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition for both rural dwellers and for...

1 January 2019

Publication

SDC Thematic Working Aid: Education

Education is integral to the inclusive, peaceful and sustained development of a society. If education is equitable and of good quality, it can ensure the participation of marginalised groups in the development process more broadly, thereby reducing social inequalities. Without attention paid to...

1 January 2019

Publication

SDC Thematic Working Aid: Employment & Income

There are 800 million people living below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day. They are primarily rural (80 per cent), poorly educated (39 per cent lack formal education) and living in large households with numerous children (44 percent are below 14 years of age). Alongside this...

1 January 2019

Publication

SDC Thematic Working Aid: Health

Since the publication of the 2004 World Development Report, there has been a growing recognition that decades of investments and action in global health have not led to equitable health gains for all (World Bank, 2003). With the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata “Health for All by 2000”...

1 January 2019

Brief

Opportunities for Using Complexity-Aware Approaches to Theory of Change

SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Participatory Methodologies Briefing Note 8

The purpose of this briefing note is to review opportunities for using complexity aware approaches to Theory of Change (ToC) to inform the SDC approach. It provides an overview of complexity-aware approaches and then focuses on demonstrating how complexity thinking can support programming by...

1 August 2018

Brief

State of the Art on Use of Theory of Change in the Development Sector

SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Participatory Methodologies Briefing Note 7

The purpose of this briefing note is to add to SDC’s understanding of Theory of Change (ToC), drawing on the literature and practice to sketch out the current state of the art approach. This involves expanding on ToC beyond SDC’s current practice of using Impact Hypotheses (IH) to bridge it...

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Sarah Goodier & 2 others

1 August 2018

Brief

Equity and Inclusion in Health Programming

SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Participatory Methodologies Briefing Note 6

Equity and inclusion are key issues for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), given its strong commitment to the Agenda 2030 principle of “leaving no one behind” and to achieving Universal Health Coverage. However, efforts to guarantee equity and inclusion face not only...

1 August 2018

Brief

Making Local Governance Inclusive for the ‘Leave No One Behind’ Agenda

SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Participatory Methodologies Briefing Note 5

A major aim of decentralised governance is to bring government closer to people and, in the process, deliver services in an equitable and efficient manner, in accordance with the expressed needs of citizens. The fact that government is located within smaller units with better information and a...

1 August 2018