The hashtag #InclusiveDevChat is visible at te front, In the background there is a drawing representing children holding hands all over the world

#InclusiveDevChat is a new project launched by the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) in June 2018 to raise awareness, promote dialogue and share evidence on what works in the inclusion of marginalised ommunities in the sustainable development agenda.

Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted an ambitious global agenda titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The agenda also includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets that the international community aims to achieve by 2030. Agenda 2030 and the SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Icons of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 sets a vision for equitable and inclusive societies worldwide, where the rights and needs of all individuals, including the most marginalised and vulnerable, are met.

Throughout the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, in fact, there is a clear focus on achieving gender equality and empowering the poorest and most vulnerable groups, including children, youth, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, older people, indigenous peoples, minority ethnic groups, refugees and internally displaced persons and migrants.

Ultimately, the sustainable development agenda is universal in nature and builds on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, and Member States committed to ensure the furthest behind are reached first.

#InclusiveDevChat

Through #InclusiveDevChat, GLOBI aims to bring together advocates and experts from different countries to talk about the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalised groups in global development processes.

In each episode we focus on a specific topic and participants are invited to share their experience on the ground, present findings of recent studies and publications, share ideas and resources, and discuss about what is needed to achieve inclusive development.

Selected panellists are invited to participate in a Google Hangout session to talk about a specific issue, present their arguments and share their ideas and findings. The panellists and the public are then invited to participate in a Twitter chat using the hashtag #InclusiveDevChat. The questions are shared in advance on the website before each Twitter chat. This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved, learn, share ideas and resources, and contribute to the conversation to make global development inclusive for all.

Next Twitter chat

Promo card for #InclusiveDevChat

The first appointment with #InclusiveDevChat is on Wednesday 27th June at 09:00 am New York time / 02:00 pm London time. The topic of the Twitter chat will be “Inclusive education and disability in the Global South” and will be informed by the results of a series of studies conducted in Belize, Bhutan, Malaysia and the Philippines, and recently included in a book published by Palgrave. We will be joined by Dr. Leda Kamenopoulou, Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education at the University of Roehampton (Greece / UK), Joycelyn Azueta, Everest Academy (Belize / Philippines), Dawa Dukpa, Lecturer at the Royal University of Bhutan (Bhutan), Rolando Jr. Villamero, Expert on Mission on Inclusive Education at UNICEF Kenya (Philippines / Kenya) and Andrea Pregel, Co-founder of GLOBI (Italy / UK).

Twitter chat questions

Q1: What are the most common barriers experienced by teachers in developing countries to include children with #disabilities in mainstream schools? #InclusiveDevChat

Q2: Can you share examples of any successful educational strategies implemented by primary and secondary teachers in developing countries to include children with #disabilities in mainstream classrooms? #InclusiveDevChat

Q3: What are the pros and cons of providing individualised assessments (as opposed to standardised assessments) for children with #disabilities in mainstream schools? #InclusiveDevChat

Q4: What is the impact of different intersecting identities, such as #disability, #gender, #caste and #ethnicity, on the educational experience of children with disabilities in mainstream schools in developing countries? #InclusiveDevChat

Q5: How can academic institutions and #GlobalDev actors include more voices from the Global South in research exploring #InclusiveEducation in the Global South? #InclusiveDevChat

Q6: How can we make #InclusiveEducation in #GlobalDev more effective, equitable and sustainable? #InclusiveDevChat

Google Hangout: #InclusiveDevChat: Inclusive education and disability in the Global South