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Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID)

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The ‘Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) programme is funded through UK Aid Connect (UKAC)’s Strengthen Civil Society Effectiveness pillar. UKAC was set up by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to deliver lasting change to poor people’s lives by supporting consortia of diverse organisations to come together and create innovative solutions to complex development challenges. This programme, managed by Christian Aid, is implemented by a consortium of diverse and complimentary sector leading actors including the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Frontline Aids, the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Ipsos MORI, On our Radar (OOR), the Open University (OU), Womankind and Social Development Direct (SDDirect).

The ECID programme is a four-year programme that sets out a new and innovative approach to building civil society effectiveness in three target countries: Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. The programme has an emphasis on data/evidence generation, dissemination, mobilisation and uptake. The aim is to generate and use data from, and on, the most marginalised groups and individuals in an interactive, cyclical process to amplify their voices in decision making at all levels. This approach aims to foster connections and collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders (civil society, government, private) to increase accountability, responsiveness and effectiveness so that sustainable development is realised for all. The programme will have a particular focus on women and girls, ethnic minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people, persons with disability and people living with HIV, actively linking these local voices and lived realities on the ground, to global policy and discourse in such a way that they are counted, influential and included in sustainable development, ensuring that no one is left behind. This means supporting and empowering the programme’s target groups to be active agents of their own change.

As the technical lead on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) for the programme, SDDirect has led the development of a toolkit and an embedded approach to ‘Gender, Inclusion, Power and Politics’ (GIPP) analysis. The approach combines traditional political economy analysis lines of enquiry with gender and inclusion analysis by also examining how gender and other social inequalities shape development challenges, outcomes and access to power and resources. It also seeks to ensure in-country programme implementors and partners lead and own the analysis process, and that women and marginalised groups are fully represented as both informants and analysts. By taking this more holistic approach, GIPP analysis supports a more nuanced understanding of why certain groups are marginalised and the impact of this marginalisation. It also rejects a one-dimensional view of marginalised groups as only beneficiaries of services or victims of a discriminatory systems. Instead, it looks further to analyse how and where women and marginalised groups have existing or latent capacity to participate in, engage with, and exercise leadership in decision-making processes. The approach has been successfully piloted in the programme in three countries (Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe). The GIPP analyses are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to support ongoing implementation and adaptation of the programme.

Other deliverables to date include:

  • A global GESI Strategy for the programme, with three strategic objectives: 1) to mainstream GESI within the programme’s organisations and institutions (looking inward), 2) to mainstream GESI across programme delivery in each of the three countries to achieve transformative change (looking outward) and 3)  to use evidence to support collective action to facilitate GESI transformative outcomes and a positive enabling environment for women and girls and other marginalised groups in each of the three countries.
  • A GESI scan approach paper and set of tools for the annual GESI scans undertaken at the country level.
  • Design of the overarching research and data collection ethical protocols and guidelines, led by Open University and Christian Aid’s Research, Evidence and Learning Team, including a standalone guidance note on research during COVID-19.
  • Technical support on safeguarding, disability inclusion and gender based violence.

For more information, the ECID website can be accessed here: https://evidenceforinclusion.org/