In global policy, there has been growing recognition of the connections between social inclusion, governance and building more peaceful and stable societies, with specific emphasis on gender equality.
This policy brief makes recommendations for supporting the inclusion of women and girls in local governance processes in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. It is based on research conducted in Burundi and Rwanda by CARE Nederland’s Every Voice Counts (EVC) programme. Country case studies were accompanied by a review of the global evidence and interviews with academics and practitioners working in the areas of governance, social inclusion and fragility. These recommendations are geared towards the Dutch government, the European commission, and other donors working in the area of inclusive governance.