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29 October 2018

“Social inclusion” as a precondition for achieving lasting change

The Watershed-Empowering Citizens Programme conducted a study on how social inclusion is included in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects and programmes.

The Watershed Programme is a strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and four non-governmental organizations from the Netherlands (IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International, Akvo).

The organizations that participated in the study are increasingly becoming aware of the need for addressing “social inclusion” as a precondition for achieving lasting change in the sector, overcoming existing inequalities and reaching universal access to sustainable services for all. The present efforts in developing new organizational strategies that include a more prominent socially inclusive approach have the potential to inspire other development organizations with a less prominent track record in the area of social inclusion.

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