Inclusive Futures

About this Programme

Equality is a fundamental right, whether, for example, ethnic, gender or generational, means, among other things, equal stakes in the future and the benefits of future value.  It is critical in achieving sustainable development outcomes as it helps promote economic stability and growth, while also reducing extreme poverty.    

The programme contributes to SDGs 1,4,5,8, 10, principally SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities

Example Projects

Women Leaders in Latin America

Dr Clarice Santos’ research on Women Leaders in Latin America has been largely focused on Brazil examining the current scenario and a pathway for sustainable development.  She is also involved in collaborative research centred on cases in China, India, South Africa, and countries within the South American context such as Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.  Dr Santos is particularly interested in the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, culture and other diversity dimensions. She has recently received funding to examine gender-based violence and other topics that perpetuate inequalities.

Building the capacity of community organisations to engage in policy development and decision making to enhance democratic processes

Zoraida Mendiwelso Bendek develops applied research on building the capacity of community organisations to engage in policy development and decision making to enhance democratic processes.  She works with partner organisations to co-produce inclusive community futures via the Take Part programme.  The co-production approach creates university and community organisation partnerships.  The legacy of this approach is a strengthened capacity in university and community organizational partnerships for social transformation and engagement with policy makers.  One example is the Take Part programme with the Los Andes University, (Columbia) and the Mortenson Centre, University of Illinois, USA, which has initiated programmes in USA, Canada, Colombia, India, Spain, Qatar, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina, South Africa, and Uganda. In Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru, 300 participants have supported community-designed development across 28 projects which had benefited over 2,000 citizens including parents and neighbours, caregivers of disabled youth, indigenous youth, members of youth groups and boy scout groups.

Contact Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek to find out more

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