INCLUDE Platform
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What we do


INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, was established in June 2012. It brings together researchers from African countries and the Netherlands who work with the private sector, NGOs and governments to exchange knowledge and ideas on how to achieve better research-policy linkages on inclusive development in Africa. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries.

 


There is already a wealth of knowledge; the challenge is to make that knowledge ‘work’ for policy-makers and practitioners.


Vision

While most African countries have registered high growth in the last decade, a large number of people remain excluded from the benefits of this progress. More inclusive development requires policies for economic transformation, productive employment and social protection, to ensure that vulnerable and poor groups, especially young people and women, benefit from growth. However, such inclusive policies can only be realized if they are supported by coalitions of strategic actors across state and society that can overcome resistance to change among the ruling political and commercial elites.

Mission

To promote policy relevance, there is a strong focus on country-specific research that embeds dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners right from the outset. To this end, INCLUDE has established a research programme. The tendering for the programme was in the hands of NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, which has published three calls for proposals. For each theme, a number of research groups have been selected to address pressing research questions, and to bring their results to the attention of decision-makers in the public, non-profit and private sectors. In addition, INCLUDE helps to gather and package existing knowledge from a range of stakeholders. By helping to generate new insights and make knowledge available, INCLUDE supports policy dialogue and formulation on relevant inclusive development issues.

Knowledge agenda

In October 2012, the Platform agreed on its overarching theme: making development in Africa more inclusive. While most African countries have registered high growth in the last decade, this does not yet translate sufficiently in poverty reduction. Productive employment is the key to ensure that vulnerable and poor groups, especially young people and women, benefit from growth. This requires policies for economic transformation and inclusive employment policies. However, such inclusive policies can only be realized if they are supported by coalitions of strategic actors across the state and society that can overcome resistance to change among the ruling political and commercial elites.

To address the issue, three sub-themes for further examination were identified that focus on key aspects of inclusive growth and the elimination of extreme poverty in African partner countries: productive employment, strategic actors, and social protection.

  1. Promoting Productive Employment. This theme aims to support research on promoting productive employment in Sub-Saharan African partner countries and a research-supported dialogue on employment promoting policies
  2. Identifying and Supporting Strategic Actors for Inclusive Development. This theme investigates the role that strategic actors can play in implementing policies that favour long-term inclusive development in Sub-Saharan African partner countries.
  3. Social Protection. This call aims to enhance insight into the cost-effectiveness of social protection interventions in achieving inclusive growth, compared to other social policies with the same objective.

In addition to the three core themes, INCLUDE also works towards identifying those issues that connect thematic issues and/or are cross-cutting. INCLUDE interacts closely with the different research groups and follows the progress of the research projects. Potential synergies and opportunities for complementary activities are detected early on by the Platform and approached accordingly. This helps the Platform to share a comprehensive and contextualized perspective regarding the thematic interests.

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Events


Conferences and seminars

INCLUDE organizes conferences and seminars. Since its establishment in June 2012, INCLUDE held 11 meetings:

Read more about the outcomes of the past conferences and a short history of INCLUDE.

The INCLUDE & NWO-WOTRO research projects also organize seminars.

African Policy Dialogues

INCLUDE supports African Policy Dialogues, initiated by its Platform members. Aim is to encourage the use of existing knowledge in policy making in African countries and to facilitate the uptake of the findings of the INCLUDE & NWO-WOTRO research projects at the national level. The Dialogues may also help to fill gaps in INCLUDE’s knowledge agenda not covered by its research projects.

See all African Policy Dialogues

Upcoming events

For an overview of upcoming conferences, seminars and African Policy Dialogues that INCLUDE organizes, please see the events calendar.

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Who we are



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Research Groups


Research groups comprising Dutch and African partners have been awarded funding for joint, interdisciplinary research and knowledge-sharing projects within NWO-WOTRO’s Research for Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa programme. Each research project contributes to knowledge about inclusive development on one of INCLUDE’s three central themes.
The research groups consist of a research organization from across the globe and a research organization from an Low or Middle Income Country (LMIC) corresponding to one of the seven focus countries of INCLUDE. Each group involves both academics and practitioners and actively engages with policy-makers.

PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT


This theme aims to support research on promoting productive employment in Sub-Saharan African partner countries and a research-supported dialogue on employment promoting policies.

Selected research groups:


STRATEGIC ACTORS


This theme investigates the role that strategic actors can play in implementing policies that favour long-term inclusive development in Sub-Saharan African partner countries.

Selected research groups:


SOCIAL PROTECTION


This theme aims to enhance insight into the cost-effectiveness of social protection interventions in achieving inclusive growth, compared to other social policies with the same objective.

Selected research groups:


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Contact


Please contact us if you want more information on INCLUDE, or are interested to share your knowledge and experience with the Platform.

Secretariat

More information

The Secretariat of INCLUDE is hosted by the African Studies Centre.

Visiting details: Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, the Netherlands.

For general inquiries, please contact info@includeplatform.net, or +31(0)71 527 6602.

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