Upcoming EADI Webinars
EADI webinar 19: How to reach the (extreme) poor through inclusive development policies in sub Saharan Africa? 16 April 1:00pm CET
In spite of high and sustained economic growth in many developing and emerging economies since the 2000s, large groups of poor and vulnerable people have remained excluded from increased welfare. Social indicators have picked up only modestly, with unemployment remaining high, while income inequalities have widened. The failure to structurally tackle inequalities and to include the poor and vulnerable in economic growth poses a risk for its long-term sustainability and undermines social cohesion and political stability. Although there is growing consensus on the need for more broad based development and there are some pointers as to how to achieve it, how such policies and practices are implemented and the extent to which they lead to more inclusive development and for whom remains an empirical question.
A policy focus on inclusive development suggests a move away from growth-oriented agendas to a broader framework on wellbeing, redistribution and equality of opportunity and outcomes: inclusive development occurs when average achievements on income and non-income dimensions of wellbeing improve and inequalities in these achievements fall.
Moreover, inclusive development is not only about inclusive achievements or outcomes, but also resonates in opportunity for all and inclusive processes such as policy formulation and implementation, the quality of democratic governance and institutions, the existence of a public sphere as well as space for citizen voice and participation, the respect for political, social and economic rights, etc.
This webinar first introduces a policy analysis framework to understand inclusive development from a bottom-up perspective of the poor and diversified vulnerable groups, the stakeholders involved and the importance of the uncovering the transaction costs related to access and reaping the benefits of the interventions, programs and processes.
Second, it will briefly discuss the results of three empirical studies on inclusive development policies, programmes, interventions and processes and the hidden costs in accessing and using them, especially from the perspective of the ones who are, or risk to be, left behind. These range from specific social protection programmes or selected agricultural value chains to technological and institutional innovations and investment behaviour.
Specifically, we shall address what could be done in the context of the specific multi-level policy and action instruments to reduce the hidden costs and promote more equity, and how this is related to the specific regulatory, socio-economic and political context in which the study is set and the specific population groups and actors concerned.
This will illustrate what can be done to make development more inclusive (the extra mile to leave no one behind) and under what conditions (i.e. instrumental and contextual features) a policy, intervention, investment or action can be successful. And conversely, it will demonstrate how and why inclusive development can fail due to insurmountable thresholds to access public goods and services, private sector markets and social and political institutions, and to find poor people’s needs and priorities effectively catered for.
Participants are invited to share their experience and collectively reflect on the proposed conceptual framework.
Nicky Pouw is Associate Professor in Economics of Wellbeing at the Governance and Inclusive Development research programme (GID) of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam. She is a development economist with over 25 years of research experience in international development studies, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She currently leads a number of research projects which collaborate with local governors, ministries, NGOs, civil society organisations and other stakeholders on the ground. Besides these applied projects, she is deeply engaged in pushing the scientific and public debates on inclusive development and rethinking the economy from a broader wellbeing perspective.
Marleen Dekker is Professor of Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University. She is trained as a human geographer and her interdisciplinary research analyses the role of social norms and networks in accessing markets and local socio-economic development. The focus of her work is on behavioural determinants of access to and use of formal and informal financial services, including informal insurance networks, community-based health insurance and intra-household resource sharing.
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK)
Sylvia Kay (Transnational Institute), Attila Szocs (Eco Ruralis)
Jude Fransman and Kate Newman (Rethinking Research Collaborative)
Henning Melber (EADI and Nordic Africa Institute)
Rogelio Madrueño Aguilar (University of Göttingen)
Melissa Leach and John Gaventa (Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex)
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (University of South Africa)
Isa Baud (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Elisabetta Basile (University of Rome La Sapienza), Susanne von Itter (EADI Executive Secretary)
Laura Camfield (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom), Lukas Schlogl (University of Vienna, Austria), Andrew Sumner (King's College London)
Juan Fernando Larco Guevara (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Prof Vanessa Andreotti (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Dr Sayan Dey (Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan)
Dr Tiina Kontinen (University of Jyväskylä) / Dr Marianne Millstein (Oslo Metropolitan University) / Prof Kees Biekart (International Institute of Social Studies)
Prof Peter Knorringa (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Dr Ana E. Carballo (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Prof Aram Ziai (University of Kassel, Germany)
Dr Rosalba Icaza Garza (Institute of Social Studies, ISS, The Netherlands)
Dr Epifania Amoo-Adare (Accra, Ghana)