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At Social Development Direct we work to build inclusive societies in which all women, men, girls and boys are valued and empowered to make choices about their own development. Gender equality and social inclusion is at the heart of all our work. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to highlight some of our programmes and their impact towards building more inclusive societies.

SDDirect is a core partner in the Strengthening Community-led Accountability to Improve Service Delivery in Sierra Leone (SABI) Programme. SDDirect plays a crucial role in ensuring that Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is at the heart of what SABI does. In the first six months of implementation, SDDirect led a collaborative process in developing a GESI strategy that outlines three strategic objectives, each intended to support the programme’s goal of improving access to entitlements and public goods and services for all– including women and other excluded groups; and to build long term meaningful and sustainable change for accountability. Check out this blog on SABI’s approach to promote equality and inclusion by Amy Harrison.

The Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) programme, which was launched in October 2017, is a flagship women’s economic empowerment programme funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Its overall objective is that women have access to improved economic opportunities through business interventions in supply chains and economic development programmes, with a target to enhance the economic empowerment of 300,000 women working in global value chains by September 2022. Part of the WOW programme is the WOW Fund, a £1.8 million Fund which supports select, strategic initiatives promoting catalytic impact and global learning on women’s economic empowerment. The Fund today announced the award of three new grants, which you can read more about here.

Through our role as the Gender and Inclusion lead on DFID’s Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development programme (ICED), SDDirect have been supporting the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to enhance their contribution to gender equality and empowerment. Click here to read more about PIDG’s exciting new approach for selecting and managing infrastructure investments for better gender impacts.