Development Co-operation Report 2018

Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind

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When Member States of the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, they agreed that the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets should be met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. Governments and stakeholders negotiating the 2030 Agenda backed the ambition of leaving no one behind, an ambition increasingly referred to in development policies, international agendas and civil society advocacy.

How can we transform this ambition into reality? Policy makers, civil society and business are asking for more clarity on how to ensure that no one is left behind in practice. What does it mean for the design and delivery of economic, social and environmental policies? How should development co-operation policies, programming and accountability adapt? What should governments, development partners and the international community do differently to ensure that sustainable development goals benefit everyone and the furthest behind first?

The 2018 Development Co-operation Report: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind addresses all of these questions and many more. Informed by the latest evidence on what it means to be left behind, it adopts a wide range of perspectives and draws lessons from policies, practices and partnerships that work. The report proposes a holistic and innovative framework to shape and guide development co-operation policies and tools that are fit for the purpose of leaving no one behind.

English Also available in: French

Overview: Development co-operation for 2030 – Renewing and reforming to deliver on leaving no one behind

This overview responds to the question: what does the pledge to “leave no one behind” mean in practice? It discusses how inclusive, equitable and sustainable development should be the primary objective of policies, investments and partnerships to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pathways to lift at least 730 million people out of extreme poverty and up to 2.3 billion people out of fragility between now and 2030 need smarter, context-specific development strategies. This in turn demands innovative partnerships with agents of change, more disaggregated data to identify the poorest, most marginalised and vulnerable people and understanding the intersecting drivers of disadvantage and exclusion. The chapter defines how leave no one behind can be achieved and discusses the readiness of development co-operation to play its unique role. It calls for renewing and reforming development co-operation in three ways: (i) a new narrative spelling out the benefits of leaving no one behind for everyone; (ii) deliberately mainstreaming inclusive, equitable and sustainable development through portfolios; and (iii) a smarter use of official development assistance as an integral part of broader efforts to increase the volume of financing to achieve the SDGs for all.

English Also available in: French

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