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Creating a culture of respect

At Danida Fellowship Centre, we wish to create a culture of respect that embraces diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We recognize that change starts at home, and we are committed to building our knowledge about and our sensitivity to these issues. This is intended to influence our internal work environment and inspire our partners.

As part of our efforts to create a culture of respect, we have initiated mapping exercises to identify areas where we can better promote inclusion and diversity in our activities. We understand that this will require a comprehensive approach that involves every aspect of our organization.

To integrate inclusion and diversity in our learning programmes, we will take measures to ensure an environment that better enables diversity within the groups that participate.This could be by creating safer and more inclusive spaces.

We will continue to promote better data and knowledge sharing across and among the research projects that we manage by encouraging the projects to share and learn from each other’s experiences. We continuously strive to expand the accessibility of the Danida research grants for diverse groups of researchers within the framework provided, in collaboration with the Consultative Research Committee, (responsible for assessing the research funding proposals), and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. This includes, for example, the introduction of “co-project investigators” that allows younger, and particularly female, researchers to gain leadership experience.

Additionally, we aim to use inclusive language in our external communication, job postings and other materials to ensure that we reach a diverse audience and create an environment that welcomes everyone.

Using the correct pronouns in email signatures is a simple yet important way for cisgender individuals to show respect and support for the transgender and non-binary community. By using the correct pronouns, we send the signal that we are allies and open to the use of the appropriate gender pronouns in communication. This small act can create a more inclusive and accepting environment, especially in professional settings. Additionally, using correct pronouns helps to affirm and validate someone’s gender identity, which is an essential aspect of their personal dignity and well-being. This can also help promote equality, respect, and inclusiveness in the workplace.

Through our efforts, we hope to create a culture of respect that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and to inspire others to join us on this journey. We believe that by working together, we can create positive change that will benefit our staff, partners and the communities we serve.