This framework analytically delineates and operationalizes the inclusive development and inclusive policy agendas. The tool is designed for the benefit of policy practitioners – a mixed audience of decision and policy makers, knowledge and data producers, and rights-holder groups. It will assist them by framing the upstream policy thinking and by supporting analysis and design of more inclusive, equity-weighed and SDG-oriented policies.
- The SDGs come with a path-breaking global commitment to inclusive development and the associated policy agenda.
- Despite their strength at the discourse level, inclusive development and inclusive policy are evolving agendas that remain largely under-analysed and non-operationalized in policy and programmatic terms.
- Inclusive social development is to be grounded in the frameworks of the original concepts.
- The adequate inclusion of all parties should be seen in all stages of the policy process.
- Inclusive policy is not a sectoral intervention and no standalone policy can achieve inclusion. It is brought about through a system or a portfolio of policy interventions that operate along the social, economic, political, civic and cultural axes.
- This policy agenda is transformative in nature and requires a revision of the current modes of policy analysis, design and delivery at all levels.
- From ample yet dispersed evidence coming from around the world, a set of inclusive policy markers can be derived. Using these markers offers quality- and process-related safeguards to ensure that policies are more inclusive, equity-weighed and SDG-oriented.