The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an important and much-lauded agenda. Yet there is no agreed definition of what ‘leave no one behind’ really means, and a danger that it will not be implemented or monitored in the same way as other aspects of the SDGs.
To overcome this problem, ODI has piloted a set of ‘leave no one behind’ stocktakes in the roads and health sectors. These innovative, multidisciplinary studies explore how fit for purpose a country’s data, policies, financing and politics are to meet the leave no one behind objective. The initial studies took place in Kenya and Nepal, and the institute plans to expand this to other countries and potentially other sectors.
The overview report outlines the rationale and methodology for the pilot stocktakes, summarises the key findings, and reflects on how the methodology could be updated in the future. The detailed stocktakes advise reform champions to think about a joined-up approach to data, policy, finance and service delivery, building coalitions that can overcome the blockages and constraints we have found within the health and roads sectors.
A series of interactive maps accompany these reports. They explore how access to healthcare and roads varies across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and within Kenya and Nepal.
The reports were launched on 29 March 2017 at a public event at ODI. Watch or listen to the recording below: