SDDirect is delighted to be part of the management consortium for DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) launched on 1st May. The GEC will support NGOs and private sector organisations to find effective and innovative ways of getting marginalised girls in the poorest countries in Africa and Asia into primary and lower secondary education, keeping them there, and making sure they learn.
Social Development Direct is delighted to announce the launch of its security sector module which can be found on the UN Women Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls website. The module provides step-by-step guidance on how to design, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives that work with the police and military to respond to violence against women and girls.
Sue Phillips and Lucy Earle argue that all citizens should be guaranteed a 'basket of rights' which include, amongst others, rights to water and sanitation, access to healthcare and education, adequate housing and freedom from violence.
SDDirect's team of gender specialists, Francis Watkins and Alice Kerr-Wilson, asked Fiona Coffey, an organisation development and change management expert, to work alongside them to evaluate DFID's progress in gender mainstreaming. Fiona Coffey reports.
An SDDirect team recently completed a major international evaluation of UNIFEM's efforts over five years to ensure that planning and budgeting processes take gender data and analysis into account. The evaluation was carried out over a period of eight months and involved evaluation visits to UNIFEM's work in Ecuador, Morocco, Mozambique and Senegal.
There is currently a compelling shift of attention towards urbanisation and poverty amongst the international development community. The UK Parliament's International Development Committee (IDC) submitted a report on DFID's work on urban issues in October 2009. The World Bank will soon be launching its new urban strategy and UN-Habitat is preparing for the fifth World Urban Forum to be held in Rio de Janeiro in March 2010
SDDirect's Adam Burke provided support to the UK government's Stabilisation Unit in efforts to forge a common plan for rebuilding Pakistan's Swat Valley and the neighbouring areas of Malakand. The unit combines the efforts of different UK government departments in conflict or post-conflict situations. On this occasion, they were able to respond very rapidly to a Pakistan government request for support.
Support is growing for initiatives that raise the voice of people in developing countries so that they are able to talk with governments and hold officials to account. Jeremy Holland and Allyson Thirkell report on a paper they wrote in response to a demand from a range of advisers for tools to effectively measure the results of the UK Department for International Development's work in voice and accountability.
SDDirect undertook research and analysis of the United Nations' delivery for women in Tajikistan and Ecuador to inform DFID's contribution to debates on the reform of the UN's gender entity. Findings and recommendations were presented to members of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) who met in Geneva in July.
SDDirect provided facilitating support to DFID's Social Protection Team recently during consultations for DFID's eagerly awaited new White Paper, Eliminating World Poverty: Building our Common Future. The consultations brought together key DFID staff, academic and NGO partners to discuss social protection ideas at the cutting edge of the International Development Agenda.
SDDirect was one of the organisers of the 2009 Global Retreat for DFID's Social Development Advisers (SDAs). The retreat brought together both SDAs and DFID's statisticians to discuss themes at the cutting edge of the Government's International Development Agenda.
It has hitherto been assumed, at least by western development practitioners, that women's rights are best attained through secularist liberal interpretations of equality, of the sort reflected in CEDAW type conventions. Yet what does increasing use of the veil and greater religious observances across the Islamic world signify in this context?