Gender & Social Inclusion

Adam Smith International has long recognised that citizen’s needs, rights and roles can differ substantially when it comes to contributing to the economy, society and family livelihoods, whether for gender, class, geographical, ethnicity, (dis)ability or other reasons. If development is to effectively contribute to poverty alleviation, social equality and economic growth, it is fundamental that it is undertaken as inclusively as possible.

Gender and social inclusion is at the heart of all of our economic and governance reform work, as is a commitment to a participatory approach. We recognise that targeting women will not, in itself, address gender equality, but that the views of both men and women must be taken into account. There are inherent dangers stemming from development programmes that reinforce the traditional roles of men and women without harnessing the potential for a transformation of gender relations. This would greatly improve the impact of poverty alleviation programmes, but we also recognise that there are many other forms of social identity beyond gender that influence a person’s contribution to and experience of economic growth.

Our social inclusion and gender experts are renowned for providing fresh, innovative perspectives that go beyond income to include social risks such as discrimination, unequal distribution of resources and power in households and communities, as well as limited citizenship. They are adept at working in challenging environments and offer a range of services to assist governments and NGOs in turning policy statements on gender and social inclusion into actions that promote equality and inclusive growth.