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Social development

We help vulnerable people to secure their livelihoods and, where needed, to access social protection.

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We help to reduce poverty, inequality and injustice by empowering women, men and children to fully participate in society – irrespective of their social class, gender, sexual orientation, physical challenges and age.

Based on the belief that everyone should have the ability to make choices about their own development, we work closely with the people upon whose lives we intend to have an impact. We make sure that they influence and own the interventions, from design to evaluation. An important part of this is our work to strengthen local institutions that represent community interests – an inclusive approach is vital to building long-term solutions.

We have expertise in the following key areas:

Social protection for more secure and resilient futures

Without social protection, an economic or social shock can massively deepen the debt and poverty of the poorest in society. In addition to this, many groups are marginalised and unable to venture out of poverty purely by their own efforts. Social protection is a proven solution to allow access to safe and reserve resources to graduate people out of extreme poverty. At Mott MacDonald, we use our experience in social protection to deliver solutions that serve the most vulnerable groups and can be scaled nationally.

Community engagement for accountable development

Sustainable development is about allowing communities to decide what is in their best interest – to protect, nurture and promote community livelihoods. We empower communities and help them organise themselves – to use their voice effectively and hold their leaders to account. At the same time we support governments to shape a political environment that is conducive to increased levels of community involvement and participation. We also strengthen civil society organisations in their roles as advocates for voice and accountability and to help deliver services.

Women's empowerment and social inclusion

Gender inequality and lack of women’s empowerment remain a significant impediment to human development. True progress will only be made when the economic participation, decision-making, and aspirations of both genders are equally valued by all. We recognise the need to design integrated programmes that actively promote and benefit women’s economic prospects.

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