Through our detailed research and strategic advise, we help clients build their programs and policies on a solid evidence base. We base our work on the premise that people with little access to resources or education are most vulnerable to human rights violations and exploitation. In our work, we therefore put an emphasis on the rights and issues of groups that are prone to be excluded, such as women, youth, the rural or urban poor and those populations negatively affected by corporate sector practices. We have built a particular expertise on the economic, social and legal barriers which people face in accessing justice and have dedicated specific attention to opportunities for justice in the value chains of the extractives, financial, food and garment sectors.
Areas of Expertise
- Human Rights and Business
- Companies can both positively and negatively impact the lives of their staff, the workers in their supply chains, the communities around their operations, and society more widely. Many of these negative impacts – large and small – are avoidable. Every company in every industry sector has human rights impacts and responsibilities. Dimes believes that if every business understood how its actions could undermine respect for human rights and took proactive steps to prevent their impacts, the world would look differently. Responsible business prevents potential harms, ensures accountability and delivers lasting value. Dimes has dedicated particular attention to opportunities for justice and accountability in the value chains of the financial, extractives, garment, and food sectors. The impact of AML/CFT regulation on freedom of association and civil society’s shrinking space is included in this focus.
- Barriers to Accessing Justice
- Legal processes are complex and expensive. Inability to access justice does not simply stem from a lack of knowledge of laws and legal procedures, but rather due to a host of economic, structural, and institutional practices that perpetuate inequality in society at large. Cost, including opportunity cost, economic independence and trust in the justice system are important factors in determining whether or not people seek legal assistance, or take action at all, to resolve their legal problems. Dimes brings over 9 years of experience working on the economic, social and legal barriers to accessing justice to the table.
- Responsible Finance and Financial Inclusion
- Dimes is committed to advancing positive change in the banking sector. We work on projects that aim to change the banking system so that it is more transparent, more inclusive and supports economic, social and environmental sustainability. We focus on the intersection of AML and CFT regulation and human rights and on financial inclusion and consumer protection. Dimes brings over 7 years of knowledge on best practices in financial inclusion, financial capability and responsible finance to the table.
Target Segment Expertise
- Low Income Populations
- Dimes enables clients to design and implement interventions tailored to the social, economic and financial needs of low income populations. Support is provided to adapt and create interventions so to generate real value for and sustainable improvements in the lives of lower-income people. Policymakers have an important role to play in lifting both the demand-side and supply side barriers to financial and social inclusion and dealing with the specific needs of low income populations in creating economic opportunity for them. Key in addressing the demand side of social and economic inclusion policies, is to not only focus on access to financial and legal services but rather on how these services are used.
- Dimes supports clients in the development of effective policies for children’s rights and youth justice. We focus on projects targeting children and young people in contact with the law or at risk of social and economic exclusion. Dimes brings over 12 years of experience in the development, monitoring and evaluation of child and youth focused programming to the table.
- Dimes enables clients to move women and gender justice to the forefront of their policy agenda. Worldwide, women have less access to services and the law, greater financial inclusion needs, and more obstacles to organise, especially in (post-) conflict situations. Dimes dedicates particular attention to women rights defenders, who as a result of their work, face general security risks as well as gender-related attacks, including the use and threat of sexual violence, and threats directed towards their children and families. For women and women’s groups to be empowered, they needs both the ability to succeed economically and the power to act on economic decisions. Access to finance for women’s groups is therefore a key component of our work
- Research and Evaluation Services
- Analysis and diagnostics of policy and implementation contexts to better understand the environment in which economic and social inclusion happens, especially for vulnerable populations. We hereby map out desired changes, products, key stakeholders and policy processes.
- Research coordination, assessments and external evaluations of programs focused on justice and inclusion. We have demonstrated knowledge of evaluation methodology for development assistance and human rights projects, with specific expertise in qualitative research methods and tools. These include theories of change; survey techniques; focus groups; participatory methods; conflict and gender analysis; developing qualitative and quantitative indicators; & OECD-DAC evaluation standards.
- Design of tools aimed at closing data gaps and providing stakeholders with timely and adequate evidence, such as Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) frameworks. This work also includes capacity building on tools in knowledge mobilization and peer learning. We help establish understanding on the factors that hinder or contribute to improved evidence use. We help build systems that advance the communication and exchange of information between sectors on research
- Organization of content and logistics for knowledge sharing meetings to build stronger policy-practice-research partnerships. We mobilize a consortium of researchers locally and provide access to an international group of experts that serves as a knowledge broker
- Strategy Support Services
- Coordination of multi-stakeholder working groups, aimed at smoothening the implementation of national policies, at creating a “common language” on policy and at promoting the sharing of best practices
- Development of Theories of Change, which help move stakeholders from being passive collectors and reporters of information to active users of information and helps those implementing strategies to understand assumptions and expectations that guide their decisions, actions, and resulting accomplishments
- Advise on policy delivery and on the creation of strategies to target vulnerable populations, develop capacity, mobilize evidence and advance its use
- Contextualized diagnostics, landscape studies, stocktaking exercises and gaps analyses, aiding a cost-effective mobilization and scale up of existing initiatives
- Provision of National Strategy Trainings to policy makers and implementing institutions, in the fields of financial inclusion, financial education and economic empowerment