Key Focus Area
Social Development focuses on the need to put people first in development processes.
Poverty is more than low income.
Poverty is also about vulnerability, exclusion, and unaccountable institutions.
Social Development promotes social inclusion by empowering people, building cohesive and resilient societies, and making institutions accessible and accountable to citizens.
Working with communities, governments and the private sector, Social Development translates needs and opportunities into operations.
Empirical evidence and experience show that Social Development promotes economic development and leads to better interventions and a higher quality of life.
A stronger focus on inequality reduction, especially in countries with high poverty and constrictive gender norms, will enhance the power of economic development and social stability over time.
Countries with strong institutions prosper by creating an environment that facilitates private sector development, reduces poverty, and strengthens social stability through civil society involvement.
Education is a key to sustainable economic competitiveness, reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, and social stability through participatory processes and community cohesion.