Policies, programmes and interventions designed to reduce inequalities, alleviate poverty,improve welfare, and empower the vulnerable groups in our society are increasingly being implemented in an environment characterised by multiple demands on increasingly constrained budgets.
We believe that these interventions should demonstrate effectiveness and cost‐effectiveness in order to justify the demand, create public awareness, inform efficient resource use and donor funding decisions, and promote transparency and accountability in policy‐making. Cost‐effectiveness also ensures sustainability and value for money.
We also believe that every individual and household in communities targeted for interventions is a stakeholder in the development process. Their inclusion cannot be overemphasised. Inclusiveness in the development process gives host communities sense of ownership of the interventions and ensures that the intended impacts are sustainable into the future. We are guided by these principles in our research activities and in the consultancy services we provide to clients, including funding agencies.
This is amplified in our core values:
- Collaboration and mutual support
- Inclusiveness and empowerment
Effective collaboration and mutual support are required for active engagement and dialogue between policy makers and other stakeholders including intervention communities. Succinctly stated: collaboration for mutual support, inclusion for empowerment.