Hivos International

Why Voice

According to the UNDP, more than seventy per cent of people in developing countries are living in societies that are less equal now than they were in 1990. So any progress made since 1990 has not been well distributed. But we also observe exclusion and marginalisation across developed countries, often in the form of significant inequalities between their indigenous, ethnic and racial minorities and their majority communities.

  • The World Bank estimates 20% of the world's poorest are disabled.
  • Consensual sexual conduct is criminalised in over 70 countries, in most countries organisations of LGBTI people are illegal, and rejection of LGBTI by families leads to homelessness and harmful "therapies".
  • Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to abuse; 35% worldwide have experienced physical / sexual violence (WHO).
  • Two-thirds of people in the developing world work informally or unpaid at home (UNDP); unpaid work and few assets means vulnerability to extreme poverty (USAID).
  • 100 million older people live on less than a dollar a day and 80 per cent of older people in developing countries have no regular income (Helpage).
  • 45 per cent of youth globally (515m people) live on under 2 dollars a day (UN).

The most marginalised and discriminated people are also those who struggle the most to express their views, demand their rights and get their voices heard.

Watch this short animation about Voice to see how and why it contributes to ensure that the most marginalised and discriminated citizens are empowered to express their view and demand their rights for responsive and inclusive decision making, policy making and policy implementation with transparent and accountable development processes.