Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development

Health and education services should be accessible to everyone, but in many countries the most marginalised people are missing out. We want to help tackle this problem by supporting local communities to carry out needs assessments and advocate for change.

When and where

This four-year project began in 2018 and will run until 2022. It takes place in Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.


Often it’s people living in extreme poverty, or in very rural areas, or those stigmatised by society that can’t access vital services. This project aims to assist civil society organisations to develop the skills and tools required to gather and present evidence – and ultimately break down these barriers to access.

The project aims to:

  • Improve access to services for the most marginalised people
  • Increase the involvement of these people in decisions about services
  • Support civil society organisations and local service providers to better understand the on-going needs of different people
  • Ensure services providers take responsibility for meeting the needs of every individual


Nine organisations, including GNDR, are working together to deliver the project.

GNDR will provide advocacy tools and training to civil society organisations in the three target countries so that they can develop local, national and global advocacy action plans.

We’ll also supplement the data collected with recent evidence we’ve gathered on the perceptions of the most marginalised people. This will come from our Views from the Frontline project – the world’s largest independent global review of risks at the local level.

The project is led by Christian Aid. The other partners are:

  • The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (The Alliance)
  • Womenkind
  • Ipsos MORI
  • The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
  • Social Development Direct (SSDirect)
  • On Our Radar
  • The Open University

Key project activities

Data collection
Civil society organisations (like charities, community groups, churches and voluntary associations) often work most closely with marginalised people. This direct interaction means they’re best-placed to find out about different people’s needs. 

Building partnerships
Grassroots organisations will learn how to partner with each other and different community groups so they can work together to reach out to people currently excluded from services.

Analysis and action plans
These local organisations will analyse the data gathered and work together to design and deliver action plans to make services more inclusive and accessible. They’ll also keep a record of their successes and lessons learnt.

Community organisations will be trained in how to advocate for change and hold authorities and service providers to account

Local campaigns will be designed, targeting health service providers, to try and get them to remove the barriers that prevent the most marginalised accessing services

Sharing knowledge globally
The three project countries have been chosen because of their varying population sizes and densities, as well as diverse community groups and governance structures. By undertaking the project in these disparate locations, we hope to develop an approach that can be replicated in other countries in future.

We’ll be sharing the best practices outcomes of the project with our global network of members so that the lessons and the tools developed can be scaled out to other countries.

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