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.



Countering social exclusion of the elderly through entertainment: The Zrenjanin Gerontology Center case

The phenomenon of “being left behind” should be perceived as a multidimensional issue that does not limit itself to experiencing poverty, violence, disease or discrimination. It may also refer to subtler forms of exclusion, such as the social marginalisation of elderly people. Often lonely and ailing, senior citizens frequently need special care and attention. Having largely lost their traditional privileged role in the community, as younger people become more reluctant to seek their knowledge and experience, the elderly suffer from an ever‑growing generation gap. Low self-esteem, helplessness and a sense of being useless lead to feelings of dejection and make it even more challenging for senior citizens to integrate with society.


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