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Areas of Work: Social inclusion

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In all stages of policy formulation, social inclusion is critical to ensure that the needs of disadvantaged social groups such as indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, older persons, youth and women, are considered so that no one is left behind. UN DESA assists countries develop policies that address social vulnerability dimensions – including gender, income group, and rural-urban disparities – by training government to the use of new methodologies for data collection and mechanisms for the participation of all disadvantaged groups.


Key tools to build capacity in the area of social inclusion include:

  • Provision of high-quality advisory services and technical expertise on social policy issues to governments and other relevant stakeholders, including through scoping missions, as well as analysis of existing legislative and policy frameworks in relation to relevant international instruments on social development;
  • Developing robust methodologies in capacity needs assessment, results-based management and monitoring and evaluation of social policies;
  • Methodologies for data collection on disadvantage social groups such as indigenous people, youth, women, older persons and persons with disabilities to facilitate evidence based policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Analysis of social impact and inequality (including income and rural urban inequalities);
  • Toolkit on Disability for Africa: its aim is to implement the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities.

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