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IfE Invites Participation in “Equity & Sustainability Field Hearing”

Initiative for Equality is inviting participation in a global project that will enable people in poor communities around the world to have a powerful voice in the current global discussion on equity and sustainable development.

Initiative for Equality (IfE), in collaboration with over 100 partner organisations, is now coordinating a second round of “Equity & Sustainability Field Hearings” to ensure that diverse individuals and communities from every region are able to give effective input into the Post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals dialogue. After the Field Hearings, our regional and global networks will remain in place to work together towards equitable development, social inclusion and political empowerment for the communities.

Cooperating civil society groups in many countries will use a questionnaire to conduct interviews, focus groups or public meetings to learn what people are thinking about their future. What are the main problems faced by their community? What are some possible causes? Solutions? What is needed in order to have a decent, equitable and sustainable future? The responses will then be compiled and presented to the UN and other decision-makers, as well as to the news media.

Last year IfE published “Waiting To Be Heard: Preliminary Results of the 2012 Equity & Sustainability Field Hearings”—with 60 coauthors and based on interviews in 34 communities with over 2700 individuals. These results were then presented at a side event of the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, June, 2012.

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If you are interested in building the network and contributing to the new report by conducting one-on-one interviews, focus groups, or public meetings in one or more local communities, please read about the project, see the questionnaire, and then reply to

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