In an effort to identify the communities and groups of people most in need of priority access to the resources and programs being mobilised by the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals, the Leave No One Behind Partnership is conducting an online consultation with civil society groups that work with and on behalf of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people, especially those living in impoverished communities and who are at high risk of violence and discrimination. The survey will be used to help determine:
- The groups and communities most excluded around the world
- Their level of access to resources and services provided by governments and aid programs
- Their level of involvement in government decision-making which allocates resources and services
The Global Goals for Sustainable Development offer an historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and ensure no one is left behind. To realise this opportunity, three international non-profit organisations (CIVICUS, Development Initiatives, and Project Everyone) with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development are working together on a new global initiative called the Leave No-one Behind Partnership, which aims to directly support the interests of the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
At the heart of the project is the responsibility to listen and respond to the voices of the world’s most impoverished communities and those that are excluded and at risk of violence and discrimination. Together the project partners will work to ensure that the needs of the most marginalised are brought to the forefront of policy and are recipients of the resources and programmes being mobilised under the 2030 Agenda. Working with other civil society organisations and citizen groups around the world, this initiative will be guided by the following principles and work-streams:
EXAMINE: we will establish a baseline of who are the groups that have been left behind, through a data led approach; as well as identify those at risk, where they are and monitor their progress annually;
ENGAGE: we will develop a visual presentation for awareness-raising, built from the real stories of those who are being left behind
EMPOWER: we will work together with national partners in at least 30 countries to build local voices for action and accountability to ensure no-one is left behind in their countries The combined impact of these activities will help inform governments and communities about the solutions needed to tackle extreme poverty and exclusion, as well as facilitate cross-sector partnerships to promote rights and identify opportunities for the world’s most marginalised people.
At the first High Level Political Forum (19 July, New York), key international organisations came together to launch the global initiative. Meeting notes are available here.
Harpinder Collacott, Development Initiatives
See presentation of P20 initiative and opportunity to engage through LNB partnership
Kate Garvey, Project Everyone
See presentation on raising awareness and what can be done in partnership
Uchita de Zoysa, Adviser to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Sustainable Development
See presentation on Sri Lanka case study