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Social Equity Watch

Who We

Are?

Social Equity Watch

Social Equity Watch is conceptualised as a political process that will critically examine power structures when they fail to ensure and guarantee social equity. Social equity implies fair access to livelihood, education, and other resources; full participation in the political and cultural life of the community; and self-determination in meeting fundamental needs.

Social Equity Watch is committed to bringing development projects into the framework of an inclusive approach at all levels namely conceiving, planning, designing, implementing, and monitoring. It is expected to build a wider platform to bring the actors of social equity together in order to further the goal of inclusion. It is envisaged to enable the communities to challenge and question the mainstreamed models of development that result in massive exclusions, especially in the context of globalisation. Under this influence, the communities will be able to involve in a perennial process of engagement with systems, power structures and patterns of development in order to bring the equity perspective into the centre stage.

SEW will enlarge the role of Social Equity Audit by providing a wide platform of sharing the equity concerns and to politically engage in the promotion of social equity.

The Social equity watch does not confine it’s focus to the disaster contexts and subsequent emergency programmes, but will also look into the strategic interventions and policy initiatives which may bring about massive exclusions in the longer run.

What We

Work For?

Our

Principles

  • The process is organisation-friendly and transparent rather than a fault finding. SEA will not condone any gaps found, nor does it condemn any lapse.

  • It is a rigorous process that is professional and supportive at the same time. It is based on mutual respect, openness to learning, and an understanding of the difficult field circumstances.

  • The social equity audit in a community would be a participatory process.

  • A social equity audit is an open, voluntary and learning process to help an organisation move towards inclusion.

  • It would be facilitative and not extractive. All those who have a significant stake in service delivery will be actively involved throughout the audit, from the initial stages of design to implementing community-led solutions.

  • A social equity audit is intended to focus on systems and programmes.

Envisioning

Change

The Social Equity Watch is committed to further the goal of inclusion by enabling the organisations to progress systematically towards social inclusion and equity in their programming and institutional development. The key objectives of SEW are summarised as below:

  • To ensure that the principle of social equity is embedded in the organisational policies, governance systems, staff structure, processes, and organisational culture

  • To provide analysis of complex social and economic relations affecting the vulnerable and the marginalised in a given context

  • To help the organisations follow up rights-based approach in the programme so that the rights of the vulnerable communities and groups are ensured

  • To ensure that organisations undertake systematic vulnerability analysis in the programme area

  • To ensure that development interventions increase the skills and competencies of the vulnerable groups

  • To help organisations towards inclusive programme designing