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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2015

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is a toolkit to support inclusive policy analysis and design. Adopted by a number of governments, including those of Mexico, Columbia, Tunisia and Pakistan, the index identifies multiple deprivations at the household and individual levels in the dimensions of health, education and living standards – all relevant in the context of inclusive social development and the associated policy agenda.

The quality of group childcare settings used by 3-4 year old children in Sure Start Local Programme areas and the relationship with child outcomes

The UK’s Sure Start is set to tackle the cycle of social exclusion and child poverty through improved childcare, early education, health and family support. The programme utilises panel data rather than aggregate cross-sectional data in order to track the progress of the participating children. Doing so enables area-based comparisons of the rates of progress of child development over the years, resulting in the identification of disadvantaged areas and the services in need.

Coordination institutionnelle et socles de protection sociale

Uruguayan Social Cabinet for Intersectoral Coordination is one example of horizontal coordination. The Cabinet is presided by the Ministry of Social Development and brings together the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Education and Culture, Labour and Social Security, Public Health, Tourism and Sport, and Housing, Land Management and the Environment. The structure is tasked with creating and institutionalizing inter-sectoral linkages amongst the aforementioned important central-level bodies.

Social Inclusion through Participation: the Case of the Participatory Budget in São Paulo

Participatory budgeting implemented from 2001 to 2004 in São Paulo, Brazil, is an example of transformative participation. The exercise is a telling in two regards. First, by relying on an affirmative action methodology, it was institutionally designed to encourage and sustain, throughout the entire cycle, the participation of historically disadvantaged groups or segments of the population: Afro-Brazilians, senior citizens, children and adolescents, youth, the LGBT community, women, indigenous groups, the homeless and people with disabilities.

United Nations e-government survey 2014

The “Mwana” project in Zambia, launched in 2010 with support from the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, has reduced delays in transmitting results from HIV test laboratories to health facilities via instant SMS message from 66 days to 33 on average in the country’s rural and underserved communities. In addition to strengthening early infant diagnosis and improving the rate of postnatal follow-up, Mwana proved successful in engaging with local health workers and service users in the co-design of m-health information services.

Framing social inclusion policies

The Multidimensional Continuum for the Homeless in the US is a complex continuum put in place to assist people living in shelters transfer into transitional houses, get ready for jobs, undergo drug and alcohol treatment, (re)establish contacts with families, and finally find a permanent home alongside long-term support services to help ensure they remain housed. Cutting across sectors, time and levels, this continuum is argued to be as multidimensional and transversal as the exclusion it strives to combat.

Assessment of the implementation of the European Commission recommendation on active inclusion: a study of national policies: the Netherlands

In 2008, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation on the active inclusion of people most excluded from the labour market. The Recommendation promotes a comprehensive strategy based on the integration of three policy pillars – adequate income support, inclusive labour markets, and access to quality services – taking due account of their joint impact on the social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged people and their possible interrelationships.

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