Social Science Baha

Understanding Social Inclusion and Exclusion

Understanding Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Theories, Methodologies, and Data
2 June, 2006

The main objective of the workshop was to review and discuss the concept of social inclusion and exclusion, the major theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of this topic, internationally as well as in Nepal, the insights and understanding that have been gained from previous studies, the gaps in the studies (especially for Nepal), and to identify themes/issues for future research. It was hoped that the papers presented and the ensuing discussions helped Nepali researchers and donor agencies achieve a broader and more sophisticated understanding of the concepts and that the researchers would be able to formulate research proposals that are both theoretically and methodologically more rigorous and better suited to the Nepali context.

The workshop was not directed towards policy-making and recommendations but towards understanding the social fact of social inclusion/exclusion in all its dimensions in the Nepali context, including its history, political economy, social structures, cultures and legal regimes as well as globalisation and developmental regimes. It was coordinated by Keshab Man Shakya, Coordinator, Social Inclusion Research Fund Secretariat, SNV, and Rajendra Pradhan, Chair, Social Science Baha. The workshop was preceded by a public lecture the day before by Lynn Bennett, Lead Social Scientist, World Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal.