Evidence and Knowledge Demonstrating How RADA-SL Built Connections Between Civil Society and Service Providers.

Promoting the participation and leadership of women, young people, persons with disabilities and other marginalised groups, is what brings inclusion at the heart of RADA-SL programmes.

As RADA-SL works with civil society partners and service providers at district and community level, to create a link for effective engagements and improvement in service delivery, most engagements have been dwindling due to lack of representation from people at various levels.

Understanding who is excluded and why, in order to break down barriers and facilitate opportunities for those who need them most, is a learning that RADA-SL was looking to achieve.

Similarly, RADA-SL takes record of people attending activities and events but creating the right system and tool that helps disaggregate attendance by district, age, sex and status was also coming along but not quite effective.

However, the SABI programme brought a new way of working for RADA SL.

In trying to give citizens a voice, improve accountability and build relationships between citizens and state, SABI emphasized on broader inclusion in the process i.e. recognising that all citizens, regardless of sex, age, class, ability status etc. should be informed, consulted and involved in the programme to create improved accountability of services to all.

As SABI partner in the South, RADA-SL benefitted from SABI trainings on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and adopted the GESI Strategy as a learning product. This boosted the organisations approach to transformative change, and directed their focus towards improving access to entitlements, public goods and services for all – including women, young people, and persons with disability.

The SABI programme helped RADA-SL develop principles, approaches, and methods for maintaining high ethical standards during programme implementation and using effective tools; like the Washington group of questions; generate evidence of the participation of various categories of people.

Based on this new-found knowledge from SABI, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion is now central to all RADA-SL activities.

RADA-SL staff teams encouraged civil society and frontline service providers, at district and community level, to prioritise the inclusion all, to participate in discussions and decisions that affect their lives. This created a smooth connection between citizens, civil society and service providers. Today, women, young people, and persons with disability are represented in all RADA-SL meetings.

The organisation now supports vulnerable and excluded groups to develop skills to become active agents of change in their communities.

Reflecting on the greater agency on the part of citizens, as enhanced social capital, RADA-SL worked through SABI, as a catalyst for communities and partners working together, and improved relationships between citizens and government at every level.