Social Inclusion Management in Australia Awards
Australia Awards in Africa has adopted the term Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) to refer to the cross-cutting issues of Gender, Disability and HIV within the program. Social Inclusion is about people being able to participate and involves creating conditions for equal opportunities for all with the aim to increase the access of diverse individuals and groups to development opportunities. The term Social Inclusion normally covers every aspect of exclusion, including those created by economic, geographic, and ethnic factors.
Gender Equality is an integral part of the Australian Government development policy as outlined in the “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy” of February 2016. This strategy establishes three Australian government priorities namely enhancing women’s voice in decision-making, leadership and peace-building; promoting women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls.
Disability Inclusion: Australia will continue to work with partners in fostering disability-inclusive development. The Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program strategy document outlines the ongoing commitment to include people with disabilities as participants in and beneficiaries of the aid program. The objective is to enhance the participation and empowerment of persons with disability as contributors, leaders and decision makers; reduce poverty among people with disabilities and improve equality for people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including in education and employment.
A Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy 2016 (which includes a HIV Plan) is in place to guide social inclusion management throughout the program cycle. The GESI strategy is underpinned on two objectives: the provision individual adjustment support and promotion of inclusion as a development issue through supporting stakeholders to embed GESI in their policy and practice. DFAT’s Principles and Procedures for Disability Support document is available to guide the management of disability inclusion within the global awards program. The Social Inclusion Officer (SIO), based in Nairobi-Kenya, facilitates the implementation of the strategy and can be contacted on Social.Inclusion@australiaawardsafrica.org.