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.



Helping young people in South Africa bridge the gap between intention and behaviour in their search for work

South Africa, like many countries, faces an enormous burden of youth unemployment, with more than one-third of 15 to 34 year-olds without work in the first quarter of 2018 (Statistics South Africa, 2018[1]). Anecdotal evidence suggests that high and persistent unemployment is making South African youth feel increasingly discouraged in their search for work. Indeed, the job seekers in our sample of youth who were motivated enough to come to a job centre spent an average of 11 hours per week searching for employment, but submitted only approximately four applications per month. These youth want to intensify their job search, and they set aside the time and make plans to do so; however, their behaviour does not match their intentions. We set out to understand whether there were simple, low-cost, accessible tools that could help unemployed youth to follow through on their job search goals (Abel et al., 2018[2]).


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