#ShiftThePower

Evidence for Inclusive Development

Creating channels to open up community dialogue and reduce social exclusion

The Project

The United Nations had set an aim to end extreme poverty by 2030 but in Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe there is still a long way to go. Around a quarter of Myanmar’s population are thought to be living below the national poverty line; Nigeria has almost 90 million of its population living in extreme poverty; and Zimbabwe’s poverty levels are rising to unprecedented levels, with more than 70% of Zimbabwean children in rural areas living in poverty.

We are part of a consortium working with people in positions of power in each country to engage with and react to the priorities identified by people living below the poverty line.

The Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) programme with Christian Aid, is an ongoing programme, that has been funded by the UK government, and hopes to help reduce poverty, realise rights, and improve the well-being of the most marginalised citizens in Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe by 2022. In light of the COVID19 pandemic, this work has become increasingly essential, notably to push for access to everyday services.

The Process

On Our Radar is supporting the collection of quality community insight, with a focus on offline communities. We are working closely with country teams to provide accessible technology channels for marginalised communities to document, gather and share insight into the challenges and solutions to poverty that are emerging around them.

We are deploying our central community insight platform, Radius, to train up and manage community research and reporter networks. The system uses local mobile numbers to collate offline reports via SMS, voice and online reports via chat apps, and centralise that insight so it can be analysed and used as evidence. We have established national telecommunications connections in each country so that reporting is free for communities and they can share real-time reports, guided by central assignments and responsive feedback.

We will ensure that their insight feeds directly into the wider advocacy and policy work of the consortium and reaches relevant government and decision-makers.

 Aims

The programme aims to amplify the voices of the most marginalised and gather better data in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of civil society. On Our Radar’s specific aim is to improve visibility of the drivers of marginalisation and exclusion, particularly around access to services and decision-making processes, in order to support responsive governance and interconnected civil societies

 Partners

ECID is funded by the UK Government through UK Aid Connect under the building civil society effectiveness thematic area. Consortium is led by Christian Aid and partners are Femnet, Frontline Aids, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Ipsos MORI, The Open University (OU), Social Development Direct (SDDirect), and Womankind Worldwide

 

Find out more at the ECID site and read the first newsletter here