On 9th August, the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, we reflect on our work to highlight the importance of tackling social exclusion. The UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Day of the World's Indigenous People in 1994 with the express intention of promoting and protecting the human rights of indigenous people. Despite progress, issues of marginalisation, discrimination and exclusion continue to adversely affect the realisation of these goals.
At SDDirect, we recognise that the neglect and abuse of human rights such as marginalisation and discrimination prevent citizens from taking part in decision-making at state and other policy level. Our particular focus in our work on Voice and Accountability, on Gender and on Conflict leads us to emphasise non-discrimination, inclusion and empowerment aimed at marginalised sectors of the community. We bring a particular focus on ensuring that the views and interests of socially and politically excluded groups are represented and that all sectors of the community can hold their government and other decision-makers to account.
SDDirect's seminal work on Measuring Change and Results in Voice and Accountability offers a comprehensive framework to monitor and evaluate the impact of programmes aimed to enhance citizens' voice and accountability across a number of levels, especially those interventions that are aimed at marginalised and discriminated groups.