TAAP’s Inclusion Continuum

(Photo: Session Facilitators: Lauren Godfrey, Sarah Brandt, Elizabeth Silva, Randal Mason, Jennifer Collins-Foley, Chris Foley, Jennifer Whatley)

Pathways to Transformation:  Exploring TAAP’s Inclusion Continuum.   In a session entitled “Cutting Edge Resources: Transforming Agency, Access and Power (TAAP) Toolkit and Guide for Inclusive Development” participants of the June 11th FHI360 Gender Summit engaged in applying TAAP’s inclusion integration continuum to a poverty alleviation project scenario.

TAAP’s Gender and Social Inclusion Continuum is a lens for assessing program approaches.  TAAP’s Continuum was inspired by the Gender Integration Continuum initiated by the Interagency Gender Working Groups (IGWG) which categories program approaches by how they treat gender norms and inequities in the design, implementation, and evaluation of program/poilcy.  IGWG’s approach takes users from “gender blind” (programs that do not take any gender considerations into account) through to “gender aware” approaches where staff consciously address gender constraints and opportunities, with the goal of equality and better development outcomes.  The TAAP approach to the continuum broadens the lens of the gender continuum to include people and groups that are disadvantaged on the basis of their social identity.  The Gender and Social Inclusion Integration Continuum is one component of TAAP’s Phase III: Inclusive Design Activity, “Draft Your Prioritised Recommendations'”  Practitioners review recommendations for project design that are the result of a gender/social inclusion analysis.  The recommendations are ranked according to a series of factors, including whether the recommendations will result in gender-and-social-inclusion-aware and transformative outcomes.

Participants were given the following scenario: “The Government of TAAPistan employs a poverty alleviation scheme that leases vehicles to citizens for commercial transportation and provides diving lessons so that participants can become taxi drivers. Your project will seek to break disadvantaged identities into the lucrative commercial transport business through teaching them to drive vehicles and organizing them into cooperatives, thereby helping them meet the minimum criteria for the government programs.”  Participants worked in groups (Youth with Disabilities; LGBTI Youth; Youth/Racial and Ethnic Minorities) to identify barriers and boosters that could affect the targeted population’s inclusion in a scenario. If you are interested to know more about the group’s insights, email: taap@worldlearning.org.

Shauna Aron Caria, Practice Manager, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at Chemonics International noted, “What I like about the Inclusion Integration Continuum is that it is a tool that analyzes the intersectionality that exists in each person, social group and community. While the gender integration continuum provides an excellent framework, it addresses more of the binary concept of gender that is too one dimensional and doesn’t truly explore all the constraints and barriers that exist. Conversely, the Inclusion Integration Continuum will allow us to unpack the complex root causes so that we can move towards positively changing gender and social inclusion relations.”

*** Special Shout-out to the Gender Summit team at FHI360 who pulled out all the stops to conduct an inclusive Summit! Examples included providing sign language interpreters, many voices from the global south on panels, and even a panel discussion discussing privilege! Way to move the needle!   

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