Building up knowledge: Accumulation and dissemination of
As mentioned in the beginning, SEW is committed to go beyond an emergency or disaster context. The mainstreamed systems of knowledge may not be able to deliver the nuances of exclusion happening in all facets of development interventions. Praxis, as the secretariat of Social Equity Watch, will anchor the process of reviewing the existing patterns of knowledge production in the development sector, from an equity point of view. It will strive to generate new ideas on building alternative systems and patterns of information dissemination, which may enhance the visibility of vulnerable sections and thus locate exclusion in each and every project in the agenda of development, irrespective of the actors behind it. Increased knowledge of the social exclusion process is likely to help in developing appropriate strategies for inclusive interventions.
Reviewing the current literature, identifying best practices of inclusion, conducting case studies and scanning the media, are some of the methods to be adopted for accumulation and dissemination of knowledge on equity concerns. An intense exercise of reviewing the current literature regarding various kinds of development interventions is necessary to begin with. Identifying the best practices of inclusion will corroborate the objectives of SEW in terms of reviewing and challenging the existing models of development in which the vulnerable section of the society has been marginalized. Conducting case studies of exclusion is another way of supporting the development of equity standards. Case studies will generate new questions about exclusion and will provide supportive evidence and information for social equity exercises.
Media plays a very crucial role in the development agenda by prioritising the goals, affixing the actors and their roles, and locating the issues. In the current context, it is very important to critically look at the media from an equity angle to bring forth any biases and discrepancies involved in development interventions. Scanning the media is an exercise to understand the volume of ‘exclusion of the excluded’. Social Equity Watch will have to anchor a crucial role in picking up the predilections involved in contemporary journalism towards exclusion as well as inclusion of the marginalised in the agenda of development.