In the humanitarian and development field, it is widely accepted that the needs and perspectives of the most marginalised, vulnerable and underserved people are not effectively incorporated into the design and funding of the services aimed at supporting them. They are treated as charitable beneficiaries rather than active agents of change.
This is a problem for:
People who feel marginalized, not listened to, and are not having their basic needs met in the most effective way for them.
Service Providers, because they need to build trust and engage with communities to be able to access populations, to empower sustainability and local ownership of solutions, and to deliver high quality support.
Donors, because their funds could be used to deliver greater impact.
This occurs globally across all sectors.