Theme two – Social Inclusion, focuses on promoting the cohesion of the sub-regional area, from both an economic development and social inclusion perspective. People may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities that are considered the norm for others in society because of inadequate income and resources. In rural areas, in particular, the low density of population, high levels of out migration and distance from urban centres, can often result in fewer employment options and lower levels of service provision than in urban areas. In rural areas, people’s experience of exclusion is often compounded by physical isolation.
This will be done through the sub themes listed below: