Joji is enrolled at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business at the Rockwell Campus in Makati City, Philippines. She actually started at the beginning of Fall 2015 but made an arrangement with the university to miss her initial classes due to our Canadian commitments and speaking engagements.


I enjoy listening to her. Here are some stuff I’m learning from her materials so far.


What is Inclusive Development?


It is a process that leads towards the goal of an Inclusive Global community.


It is based on understanding of 2 concepts:

:: inclusion

:: development

Inclusion is a process and a goal.


Diversity is a fact of life. Difference is normal. Some people are excluded from society because of difference. Difference can be due to a range of factors, some universal, some cultural and context specific.


Inclusion is about society changing to accommodate difference, and to combat discrimination. It sees society as the problem, not the person.


To achieve inclusion, a twin track approach is needed:

:: Focus on the society to remove the barriers that exclude — i.e. mainstreaming.

:: Focus on the group of persons who are excluded, to build their capacity and support them to lobby for their inclusion.

Because inclusion involves everyone in society at all levels, collaboration and networking are core strategies to achieve inclusion.


Development needs to be carefully defined.


The Millenium Development Goals provide a basic framework :


:: Develop a Global partnership for development

:: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

:: Achieve Universal primary education

:: Promote gender equality and empower women

:: Reduce child mortality

:: Improve maternal health

:: Ensure environmental sustainability


Key ingredients of development are:

:: poverty alleviation,

:: human rights

:: civil society participation.


Inclusive Development therefore is the process of ensuring that all marginalized/ excluded groups are included in the development process.



Through Inclusive Development, Joji is also very committed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.




Inclusive Development upholds the Sustainable Development Goals:


People. We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.


Peace. We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.


Prosperity. We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.


Partnership. We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.


Planet. We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.



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