Equity & inclusion
“When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization."
— Pat Wadors
Equity is the principle of fairness
Equity involves recognizing that people are different and need different support and resources to ensure their rights are realised. To ensure fairness, measures must often be taken to compensate for specific discrimination and disadvantages.
At a local level this means looking at relative disparities or disadvantages within families and communities, understanding exactly what barriers are faced by disadvantaged people in accessing services, and developing ways to overcome these barriers.
At national and international level it means understanding the dynamics that result in certain countries or regions being favoured over others, or certain sections of the population enjoying greater political influence, and working to direct support to those with least influence or access to services.
Internally, equity means identifying and wherever possible removing the barriers that prevent the recruitment, retention and optimal performance of the best person to do the job.
Inclusion is the process of ensuring that all are able to participate fully
Inclusion is a development issue. The process of inclusion is not just about improving access to services, but also supporting people – including those who are discriminated against and marginalised – to engage in wider processes to ensure that their rights and needs are recognised. For example in planning and managing service delivery, in decision making, and in holding duty bearers to account through citizens’ action.