Preparation Stage – Planning & Organising
3.6 What are the key issues concerning the poor?
Ensuring the management team has poverty skills
The poor and other marginalised groups should be a key part
of the consultation process at the stage of planning and
organising. Ideally, the task force must include a member (or
members) with skills and knowledge of service delivery to the poor.
They could be either members of the community, who know the situation
of those on low incomes, or public sector representatives who
have worked on poverty issues before. Alternatively, it is possible
to involve a consultant with related experience, who will
provide objective recommendations to the both sides: the provider
of the service (the private contractor) and its acceptor – the
It is important to keep in mind that poverty not only relates
to economic factors such as insufficient income, lack of
assets and lack of access to decent jobs. Poverty also relates
to: social, political and cultural factors such as discrimination
based on gender, ethnicity, caste, age or disability; lack
of access to education and training; bad health; lack of
representation; lack of empowerment; and vulnerability to shocks
and crises. All these factors are interrelated and, as a consequence,
people with skills and knowledge in all these complex matters
should be included in the planning and organising process.