Environmental groups are increasingly seeking to include greater diversity among stakeholders in projects that focus on climate change adaptation, management and mitigation. The hope is that including more voices produces policies and ideas that are more just, inclusive and sustainable, and which better reflect the diversity of people they govern.
SEI-US can support more active participation through conscientious inclusion of women and other under-represented groups in capacity-building activities. Greater diversity and meaningful participation in analytical and decision-making processes can help people to better themselves and wider society, because it means that there is more knowledge and experience available for those processes to draw on.
This brief outlines how trainers in SEI-US capacity-building activities can use inclusive practices that support empowerment and participation, as well as broaden the audience and the pool of people that can use the capacities we are building. Although it examines inclusion through the lens of gender, the lessons can be broadly applied to subordinated groups in different contexts.
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