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Social Inclusion and Welfare

Working closely with our partners, we integrate gender and social inclusion strategies into our projects, whether in education, governance, economic sector reform or others.

Using context-specific approaches, we manage projects that increase girls’, women’s and marginalised groups’ access to quality social services, fair justice, economic opportunities, healthcare and education. Our teams help improve the delivery of government services to all members of society and work to give marginalised groups a greater say in decisions that affect them.

Services

Issues of poverty and inequality have come to the fore of the development policy debate in recent years. Accurate measurement and analysis of these issues is critical for the effective design and monitoring of policies and programmes, yet all too often data and capacity limitations reduce the quality of evidence. In particular, the multi-dimensional nature of poverty poses substantial methodological challenges that should not be underestimated.

dkompany's services range from measuring and analysing poverty to developing social protection strategies and related institutional arrangements, including capacity building.

The critical, but often neglected, role of social care services is becoming increasingly prominent within the development debate. In some countries, social care services are essentially non-existent, while in others, traditional top-down approaches to service provision are out-dated and out-of step with international best practice. Effective social care planning needs to be underpinned by robust assessment of need, capacity building and participative consultation to ensure the right services get to the right people.

dkompany offers technical advice and support across social services development from policy and strategy, planning and standards development through to advising on the design of specific interventions and the training of personnel

Poverty is much more than a simple lack of income and productive resources - and tackling poverty requires more than just economic growth. To achieve meaningful and sustainable solutions on the ground, poverty reduction strategies must be rooted in a deep understanding of issues around inclusion and equity in terms of access to resources, services and opportunities. They must also account for the relationships between people and the institutions they interact with.

dkompany focuses on poverty analysis, policy analysis and participatory governance, underpinned by qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Whether in a state welfare system or donor-funded programme, the fundamental questions around social protection can be summarised as ‘who’ and ‘how’, who should receive the support and how should that support be provided? These are highly complex decisions - particularly in the poorest societies, where any form of social protection is a political issue, and where networks to distribute social payments are less established.

dkompany has extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating social protection programmes, underpinned by technical expertise in rigorous poverty monitoring and analysis in national policy-making, planning and budgeting.

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