Inclusive Development

Inclusive development as a starting point to achieve true and shared development

We are convinced that a development process is truly effective only when it manages to involve and include even the most vulnerable sections of society.

Precisely for this reason we support our clients by strengthening their ability to have a positive impact on society through the inclusion and participation of those individuals and groups who, for historical, political, social or economic reasons, are at risk of exclusion and marginalization.

Our action is based on the scientific rigor of our analysis and on listening to the many voices that can help understand the contexts in which we work. We use the results of research to encourage the design of policies, projects, programs and to define strategies aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the organizations we work with.

Here are some examples of activities we implement in the context of operational projects, research projects and consultancies:

Applied research (quantitative and qualitative) on vulnerability, resilience and inclusion processes

✦ Facilitation of participatory and emancipatory processes aimed at involving the various stakeholders with particular attention to people who have more difficulty making their voices heard

✦ Analysis of needs and support for the design of policies, programs and projects

✦ Support to the identification, analysis and scaling-up of experiences of excellence in the context of policies aimed at vulnerable groups

✦ Ex-ante analysis (simulation) of the impact of various types of policies such as support programs, social protection schemes, investment in basic services etc.

✦ Evaluation of the social impact with a view to improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable groups

✦ Training and capacity building for students, researchers, officials of government institutions, staff of non-governmental organizations, associations and companies

Innovation in methodological approaches

In the academic context, we participate to the scientific debate on gender issues, disability, children well-being and human development. We promote rigorous and innovative methodologies for the socio-economic analysis of vulnerability and for the design of policies and services.

For example, in recent years we have studied the theoretical and empirical aspects of some methodologies and approaches such as emancipatory research and gender budgeting.

Emancipatory research is a participatory research and empowerment tool that we use in the context of vulnerability and social exclusion in order to exploit the acute analytical skills of marginalized subjects. Making emancipatory research means accompanying a group of people who belong to a vulnerable group in the development and implementation of a research project on their living conditions.

Gender budgeting allows to approach the complexity of public policies in order to assess the differentiated impact on women and men in the “multidimensional space” of well-being, defined as the set of capabilities and functionings of the individual. This approach brings about a significant change as it shifts the focus on the analysis of sector policies to the impact they have on the individual considered in its different dimensions.

Scientific Coordinator:
Prof. Mario Biggeri
University of Florence

For further information:

Federico Ciani
PhD in Politics and Economics of Developing Countries and Coordinator of the Inclusive Development Unit
federico.ciani[at]unifi.it

Read the scientific publications of the Inclusive Development Unit, here.

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