The ECID consortium brings together diverse sector leading actors to tackle complex and interconnected global challenges from a range of unique perspectives.

We have the best combination of technical and practical knowledge, trusted relationships and scale of operation to address the specific development challenges in this programme of evidence for inclusive development.

We are excited to be modelling new ways of working to build global relationships on the basis of community-level priorities and perceptions.


ECID is funded by the UK Government through UK Aid Connect under the building civil society effectiveness thematic area. UK Aid Connect aims to support consortia to create innovative solutions to complex development challenges that deliver real change to poor people’s lives.


Christian Aid is an international development organisation that insists the world can and must be changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty and inequality. We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to address the root causes of poverty through integrated development and humanitarian programming, policy and advocacy work.

Christian Aid is one of the leading NGO suppliers on DFID service contracts and accountable grant programmes in governance and accountability, with expertise built on decades of experience of working in partnership with civil society, networks and governments at national and local level. Our experience and track record of managing large civil society strengthening programmes, includes: Strengthening Accountability and Building Inclusion (SABI) in Sierra Leone and Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR Ghana) in Ghana.

Consortium partners

FEMNET – the African Women’s Development and Communication Network is a pan- African, membership-based feminist network based in Nairobi with over 700 members across 46 African countries. FEMNET envisions an African society where gender equality is achieved and women and girls enjoy all their rights and live in dignity. FEMNET exists to facilitate and coordinate the sharing of experiences, ideas, information, and strategies for human rights promotion among African women’s organisations through networking, communication, capacity-building and advocacy at the regional and international levels. Since inception in 1988, FEMNET has played a leading role in building the women’s movement in Africa and ensuring that women and girls’ voices are amplified, and their needs, priorities, and aspirations are prioritised in key policy dialogues and outcomes that have direct and indirect impact on their lives. FEMNET has established her niche as a nucleus serving to mobilise African women and girls to influence, lobby and advocate for the domestication and implementation of commitments made by African governments to the advancement of gender equality and realisation of women’s rights.

In ECID we will bring capacity and reach for at scale engagement with the data and evidence to inform advocacy at the national, regional and global levels.

Frontline AIDS wants a future free from AIDS for everyone, everywhere. Around the world, millions of people are denied HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care simply because of who they are and where they live.

In ECID, we are working on embedding the Looking In, Looking Out (LILO) methodology into the gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) strategy.. LILO aims to help individuals see beyond a person’s ‘group’ or ‘status’ (gender; ethnicity; disability; health status (i.e. HIV+); sexual orientation; age; etc) and any negative connotations that come with them i.e. homophobia.

Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) is the largest international network of organisations committed to working together to improve the lives of people affected by disasters world-wide. We believe that civil society will have a greater impact in strengthening the resilience of vulnerable people by working together.

Spread across more than 100 countries worldwide, our membership in excess of 1,000 organisations share a vision: A world of resilient communities where vulnerable people are able to prepare for, mitigate against, recover from and adapt to hazards and a changing climate. What brings our members together is being joined in the singular purpose of enabling civil society to connect local to global and speak with a collective voice that drives action to reduce risk and increase the resilience of the most vulnerable.

In ECID will provide advocacy tools and training to civil society organisations in the three target countries so that they can develop local, national and global advocacy action plans. We’ll also supplement the data collected with recent evidence we’ve gathered on the perceptions of the most marginalised people. This will come from our Views from the Frontline project – the world’s largest independent global review of risks at the local level.

Ipsos MORI is one of the three largest research companies in the world – and the only global research company managed by researchers. With research operations spanning 90 countries worldwide, around 16,000 research professionals, and a network of approved research partners where we don’t have our own in-country teams, Ipsos has a powerful, integrated global network that enables us to deliver high quality multi-country research solutions.

Ipsos’ Sustainable Development Research Centre (SDRC) is leading the contribution to the Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) programme consortium. We provide donors, international organisations, government, civil society and the private sector with the evidence needed to understand global issues and make development policies and programmes more effective. As a global firm, we bring local expertise and research capacity, as well as methodological expertise in research and evaluation across the Sustainable Development Agenda.

On the ECID programme, we play an advisory role, providing guidance and best practice on research processes and data analysis techniques.

The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest and the world’s first distance learning university is an international leader in new methods of open and distance learning, citizen science, learning analytics, and learning design and will take a leading role in evidence and knowledge generation and dissemination via their online platforms and open access publishing.

On Our Radar is a specialist group of journalists, technologists, digital storytellers and development practitioners. We work together to tackle voicelessness, surfacing stories from unheard groups worldwide. We believe those on the frontlines of humanity’s toughest challenges hold incredible insight. So, we work in partnership with marginalised communities to amplify voices for social change. Our approach is through building reporter networks, designing innovative communications solutions, developing technology for connectivity and co-producing award-winning media.

We are supporting the ECID consortium with the co-design of solutions that will enable offline and remote communities to participate, and in linking those in civil society organisations and government with the people who their decisions, policies, programmes and service affect.

Social Development Direct (SDDirect) is recognised as a leader in social development with technical experts in gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), disability inclusive programming, inclusive economic development, gender based violence and safeguarding, governance and inclusive public services (education, health and infrastructure), and security, justice and peacebuilding. SDDirect promotes an evidence-based approach to development and works to ensure that poor and socially marginalised people are empowered to build the resources, assets, and capabilities required to determine their own development. In order to do this, SDDirect applies a GESI lens to everything they do – they have extensive experience in undertaking analysis and research to understand systemic barriers to inclusion and participation which is used to inform the design and implementation of programmes across different and often challenging contexts.

As the technical lead on gender and inclusion for the ECID programme, SDDirect has led the development of a GESI sensitive and embedded approach to political economy analysis (PEA) for the programme called ‘Gender, Inclusion, Power and Politics’ (GIPP) analysis. SDDirect has also written the GESI Strategy for the programme and will continue to support the consortium and country teams to meet the GESI objectives throughout implementation. This includes undertaking annual GESI scans, providing training and technical guidance, and harvesting learning on GESI to inform strategy testing and programme adaptation, when needed.

Womankind Worldwide is a global women right’s organisation working in partnership with women’s rights organisations and feminist movements to transform the lives of women and girls. Our current priority thematic areas are to end violence against women, promote women’s economic rights and ensure women have a voice in decision making.

We work to support and strengthen women’s movements to change the world for women. We are based in the UK and work in partnership with women’s rights organisations, feminist groups and movements in Africa, Asia and at the global level. Our current focus countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. We support women’s movements to strengthen and grow by carrying out diverse joint activities, including women’s rights programming, awareness raising, knowledge sharing, research, capacity development and fundraising. At the international level, we work in partnership with women’s organisations and movements to influence governments and international agencies to protect and promote women’s rights.

In the ECID programme, Womankind provides technical assistance on gender equality and social inclusion across the programme activities to ensure a gender analysis and gender responsiveness of the entire programme. Womankind also supports the programme’s policy and advocacy aspect especially on issues related to gender quality and women’s rights. We will also contribute to effectiveness of civil society through cross sectional movement strengthening.