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.



Promoting economic and social empowerment among rural women in south-eastern Serbia

In remote rural areas of Serbia, especially in the south-eastern part of the country, there are significant differences in unemployment rates between cities and rural areas and between men and women, which result in high poverty rates in some areas. The Western Balkans is a priority region for Slovenian development co-operation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses development aid as an opportunity to reach those left behind. One of the criteria of the Ministry for projects in partner countries is that they should take a Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA), including to women's rights and equal opportunities. The Ministry issues tenders for projects, indicating that proposals should pay special attention to addressing the needs of vulnerable groups.


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