A key shortcoming of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was that the poorest 20 per cent of the global population was largely ignored in the race to improve statistical averages. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were thus created in the spirit of “leaving no one behind”. This means the SDGs require all goals to be reached, for everyone – especially those at the margins of society.
But the UN 2016 SDG report emphasises that data needed to identify vulnerable groups and their needs is often unavailable. ICSOs command a wealth of data and evidence in that regard. But if they are to maximise their impact and truly “leave no one behind”, they must join forces and pool strengths and knowledge.
To this end, the Leave No One Behind project fosters the sharing of evidence between ICSOs and other relevant stakeholders in order to identify, support, and empower marginalised and vulnerable groups worldwide. In its pilot phase, the project will focus on Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam.