Case Studies on Leaving No One Behind

A companion volume to the Development Co-operation Report 2018

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These case studies complement the 2018 Development Co-operation Report: Joining forces to leave no one behind. Case study contributors share knowledge and lessons on what it takes to answer the pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind through national and sub-national policies, strategies and programmes as well as international development co-operation projects, programmes and partnerships. The insights, good practices and lessons shared in these case studies were provided by diverse actors. These include official development co-operation ministries and agencies from members of the OECD and the Development Assistance Committee, international organisations, developing country governments, civil society organisations, business, and research bodies.


The case studies highlight experiences from projects and programmes in leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind. They are organised and presented under two broad categories:

1. Reaching and including people and places;

2. The enabling role of international co-operation: policies, partnerships and data.



A holistic approach to tackling malnutrition and its consequences in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

Malnutrition has a negative impact, especially on vulnerable groups such as women and children under five years old. Several studies show the correlation between nutritional deficits and profound cognitive deficits in young children; the consequences can be disabling, or even fatal in the case of severe acute malnutrition. While the treatment of acute malnutrition is now effective, stimulation and psychosocial support are not yet standardised. The ESSPOIR programme (Les Enfants malnutris du Sahel sont Stimulés, Protégés, Orientés et Intégrés dans leur communauté devenue plus Résiliente - Malnourished Children of the Sahel are Stimulated, Protected, Oriented and Integrated in their Community Become More Resilient) was implemented in sharply deteriorating security situations in Burkina Faso and Mali, and in the Maradi region of Niger where malnutrition is escalating. The health systems in the three countries have little knowledge of the benefits of “psychosocial and physical stimulation” in managing malnutrition - physiotherapy in particular.


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