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​Data and Leave No One Behind


​Indicators matter to leave no one behind​

An indicator toolbox to leave no one behind in fighting poverty and inequality 

A practical guide for project designers and implementers


February 2021 / Pradeep IttyHead of Quality Assurance, ​Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC​)

Indicators matter in achieving the 2030 Agenda’s pledge to leave no one behind. As quantitative or qualitative variables, indicators provide a simple and reliable way to measure achievements of development efforts. They can show and track if aid spending is reaching the poor and left behind groups in various contexts. Moreover, what is measured is more likely to get attention, because indicators provide a solid basis for evidence-based decision-making in development projects as well as politics. 


There is a need for additional efforts to design and use indicators that measure the progress for left behind groups. The new study, commissioned by GIZ and supported by the SDC, and available in English, French and German, ​provides an indicator toolbox to leave no one behind in fighting poverty and inequality as a practical guide for project designers and implementers to strengthen indicators by making them pro-poor as well as inequality- and LNOB-sensitive.


Poverty trends: global, regional and national

February 2020 / Estelle Gagnebin, Academic Trainee, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, ​Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC​)

What are the current poverty trends at global, regional and national level?  Development Initiatives (DI) sheds light on the current lack of good data for ending poverty. It illuminates the crucial importance of looking at the different levels of poverty trends. Positive global trends mask unequal regional and national trends. It also underlines the priority of developing better data for ending poverty: essential poverty data remains out of date and poverty measurements must go beyond the sole economic dimension to integrate the multidimensionality of poverty. Rea​d more»





Still left behind? Tracking children’s progress against the pledge to Leave No One Behind 

February 2020 / Estelle Gagnebin, Academic Trainee, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, ​Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC​)

Save the Children's report shows how limited progresses has been made and tackles the issue of monitoring and reviewing of the SDGs when disaggregated data on those who are furthest behind are still lacking. Consequently, the report illustrates how SDG data monitoring focused on the LNOB principle could look like. Five child poverty indicators (child mortality, malnutrition, child marriage, birth registration and primary education) are being calculated, focusing on the progress trends of the world's poorest 20% of households as compared to global average trends. Find out more»

Furthermore, Save the Children created a tool, the "Group-Based Inequality Database (GRID) Child Inequality Tracker" to illustrate ways of monitoring SDGs' progresses nationally, taking into account the children who are furthest behind.