COMPASS 2015 Setting the Post-2015 Development Compass: Voices from the Ground

COMPASS 2015 work with partners across the world to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities to end poverty and injustice. COMPASS 2015 are a group of organisations, coordinated by CAFOD, to conduct a participatory research project designed to include the perspectives of those living in poverty in the post-2015 process. Research is carried out by partners with urban dwellers, indigenous communities, farmers, people affected by natural disasters, and children. UNITAS (Bolivia) is a network of NGOs promoting grassroots’ participation in the analysis of public policies. Ecoweb (Philippines) addresses inter-linking challenges: poverty, social relations, environment and poor governance. Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (Zimbabwe) promotes evidence-based policy formulation and dialogue on issues of poverty reduction and sustainable human development. Justice and Peace Commission, Soroti Archdiocese (Uganda) works, through inter-community peace-building initiatives among pastoral and peasants communities.



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Compass Research Report: Setting the post-2015 development compass: voices from the ground

A new CAFOD report, an outcome of the COMPASS 2015 research project, has found the wellbeing of poor people has deteriorated over the past 15 years.

COMPASS 2015 partners in Uganda, Bolivia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe spoke to 1,420 people in 56 communities living with poverty as part of a new report. During these conversations they found that despite the presence of development projects in many areas visited, people are getting poorer due to a web of pressures linked to globalisation. The majority of these pressures are beyond the control of the people they are affecting in poor and marginalised areas. These pressures include environmental degradation, violent conflict, forced displacement, rapid changes in the prices paid to farmers, resource depletion, natural disasters, and political and economic crises. This means communities are facing more and more challenges to making a decent living.

CAFOD hope to bring these conversations to the international debate on how to make the successor to the Millennium Development Goals better at reducing poverty.

Below is an image of research participants from Uganda.

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UNITAS (Bolivia)

The National Union of Labour Institutions for Social Action is a Bolivian network of 26 NGOs, operating in different parts of the country to promote the participation of grassroots’ organizations in the analysis and development of public policies, and the creation of new development paradigms.

In Bolivia, COMPASS 2015 research is conducted in both rural and urban municipalities in 5 different agroecological areas of the country, with different socio occupational groups, e.g. peasants (with and without land), salaried peasants, small business owners, unemployed people. The research is open to contributions and themes proposed by participants. However, there is an emphasis on four themes connected with the causes of poverty:

  • Access to productive resources
  • Work and working conditions
  • Social security
  • Political participation

The Participatory Video workshop (Sumando Voces – Adding up Voices) gathered 12 NGO members and 3 community activists from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala and Mexico in the city of La Paz. In Bolivia, a country with a long story of classism, inequality and discrimination against indigenous people (cholos), domestic workers have struggled to get recognition and rights. Although since 1993 the National Federation of Domestic Workers in Bolivia (FENATRAHOB) was formally constituted, it was ten years later in 2003 that the government finally created a national law that formally regulates domestic worker's rights and duties. Despite the legal system being in place, there are still many rights violations and abuses. The video was created and filmed by a group of domestic workers as part of the Sumando Voces workshop, portrays this situation.

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Ecoweb (Philippines)

Ecoweb’s work addresses four inter-linking challenges: poverty, strained social relations, degraded environment and poor governance. Ecoweb explores the interconnections between local, national, international and global issues, including climate change.

The research covers twelve areas (cluster of communities) in the North-Western Mindanao region. Research participants include subsistent fisherfolks, farmers, informal labor, and forest dwellers, Indigenous People, ethnic minorities, rebels or former rebels/combatants, internally displaced persons due to natural disasters and land conflict, persons with disabilities, children, and elderly.

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Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (Zimbabwe)

Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (Zimbabwe) conducts poverty related research and promotes evidence-based policy formulation and dialogue between civil society, development partners and policy makers on issues of poverty reduction and sustainable human development.

The project explores the perspectives of those living in poverty in two cities in different regions. The research builds upon the work of the Poverty Reduction Forum Trust regarding the Basic Needs Basket (BNB) Survey—a tool they successfully used to monitor the strategies of households living in poverty who face increasing prices of basic commodities. The understanding of the social and economic reality of urban poverty is enriched by participatory methods.

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Justice and Peace Commission, Soroti Archdiocese (Uganda)

Justice and Peace Commission, Soroti Archdiocese (Uganda) was established in 1981 with the mission to build a just and peaceful society. Current programs include inter-community peace-building among pastoral and peasants communities, in an area that has an history of cattle rustling and wars, and the presence of rebel groups (formally the project holder is the Ugandan National Catholic Commission for Justice & Peace).

The research covers both rural and urban communities in the eight districts of the Teso sub-region. In the urban setting, the research will engage with the youth both employed and unemployed and the people in the informal sector. In the rural setting, the research will engage the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), resettling communities, the elderly, war victims, widows, widowers, orphans, retired civil servants and Persons with Disability. The research addresses the consequences of the 30 years of conflict and the challenges of building sustainable peace. Remote communities with no NGO presence are reached through the structure of the church, particularly Justice and Peace promoters and the help of local catechists.