A new approach to assessing “leave no one behind”

: A Samburu warrior observes a road far below him from the top of Ololokwe Mountain, Kenya. © Frederic Courbet/Panos.

A Samburu warrior observes a road far below him from the top of Ololokwe Mountain, Kenya. © Frederic Courbet/Panos.

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:

2 Comments on "A new approach to assessing “leave no one behind”"

  1. Munawwar Alam | April 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Reply

    I am Senior Devolution Adviser at the USAID. Devolution cut across most of the social sectors. The topic of this debate on ‘leave no one behind’ is very timely. Kenya is about to complete first pioneering term of the county governments under devolved system of governance. I will keenly follow the discussion and will try to contribute from the ground if my two-pence are of any worth.

  2. saripalli suryanarayana | April 5, 2017 at 4:56 am | Reply

    I am sure that well educated and in to developmental activities during last several years are confused,because their two lines of argument are[1]Education-vocational etc.We are witnessing this model in India.We are getting almost every year 2 to 4 million educated youth from Universities to high schools.The question is their employablity.[a]We are trying-1.Agriculture.2.Horticulture.3.Building works.4.Digital technology.5.Information Technology 6.Computer engineering.7.Public health.8.Smart cities.9.Highways.10.Ports.11 Health services and so on.
    But what we find is there are businessmen with either not aware of laws or not having Ethics as to who is funding them-The people either directly or indirectly.
    The second 2…Is Free ration in the name of -“Policy reformation and right to development,Human rights”.
    I find this title in UN in India only.This shall be war torn countries where such experts can see what exactly are human rights,and how to develop their rights and policies.
    Any functioning government has many functionalities which it needs to fulfill as per the sequential laws.And unfortunate such narrow titles do not fit for sustainable development.
    We can not make every thing free for ever and spoil generations.We need to give small training and enhance their capacities to earn and live happily.In the process,we may accommodate certain up gradation -reservations-for enhancing their level of education-work-experience-earnings and so the status in society.

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