The project advises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on implementing the 2030 Agenda, primarily for the SDGs mentioned above.
To this end, existing instruments such as country and sector strategies are being revised and new approaches for reducing inequality are being developed. The project also offers advisory and training services for key German development cooperation actors to equip them with the expertise required for implementation.
The project supports the establishment of a multi-stakeholder network to promote the LNOB principle and enhance cooperation on achieving SDG 10 of the 2030 Agenda (reduce inequality). In addition, a regional conference on inequality will be held in South Africa. The target group consists of representatives from academia and the scientific community, policy-makers and practitioners. The event will encourage North-South dialogue and promotion of the international inequality network. The increased cooperation with think tanks from the global South also promises important findings for advising BMZ.
Moreover, the Inequality Challenge innovation fund aims to address the topics of inequality and LNOB in the partner countries of German development cooperation in new ways, to generate learning experience, and to develop and apply innovative instruments for reducing inequality in partner countries.
Poverty orientation: One main objective of the sector programme is to reduce poverty. In addition to refining and improving BMZ concepts and instruments in German development cooperation, the project aims to generate medium and long-term positive impacts for the poor as the main beneficiaries in the cooperation countries. Individual promotional measures in the partner countries can be used to reach selected groups directly.
Gender equality: Improved coordination of different policy areas also includes gender mainstreaming. For instance, central aspects of eliminating gender inequalities are addressed by the implementation of the innovation fund.
Participatory development and good governance: The development and realisation of approaches for governance designed to reduce poverty and inequality is a central aim of the project and feeds into the advisory services for partner countries.
Impacts on human rights: By making German development cooperation more effective at ending poverty and reducing inequalities, the project simultaneously promotes respect for human rights.
The results achieved so far by the sector programme include supporting BMZ in elaborating fundamental concepts, including shaping the policy agenda. Consideration is also given to the LNOB principle and the corresponding approaches and networks both in the German development cooperation structure and in the multi-lateral discourse. In addition, the predecessor project piloted approaches relevant to poverty and inequality in the German development cooperation portfolio.