Inclusive social development policies

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Inclusive social development as a regional priority

As the 2030 Agenda gears toward social inclusion and the eradication of structural inequality, inclusive policies and participatory decision making are critical to addressing the challenges of social transformations faced by the PICTs. The S.A.M.O.A Pathway has identified that key to social development is enhanced social protection and inclusion for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

To this end, inclusive and evidence-based policies have been widely recognized among the Governments of the PICTs in national development strategies to be of critical importance to addressing the increasingly complex development outlook. The policy challenges such as increasing migration including climate-induced migration, inequality and exclusion, vulnerability under the impacts of climate change and gender equality require a holistic approach to evidence-based and participatory decision making.

Actions to realise the social inclusion agenda

Strengthening and innovating knowledge production and dissemination toward better informed policy making is critical to addressing the challenges of social transformation in the Pacific region. Elaborating appropriate policy framework to sustaining long term resilience has been identified as one of the development objectives set out in the S.A.M.O.A Pathway outcome document in 2014.

The SHS Programme focuses on supporting its Member States in the Pacific region to manage contemporary social transformation by (i) fostering the production of in-depth and innovative research and facilitating policy uptake (ii) Reinforce national and regional capacities to enhance national policies regarding social inclusion, gender equality, youth and sport policy, and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable (iii) promoting dialogues and sharing of good practices in building inclusive societies.

Projects and Activities


Evidence-based youth development policies 




Understanding migration and urbanization


Sport for development and peace policy 


Review of current literature on disability-inclusive development in the Pacific


Related resources 

Analytical framework for inclusive policy design: of what, why and how

Outcome Document of the 1st MOST Forum of Ministers of Social Development for the Asia-Pacific region

Kazan Action Plan - Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI)

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