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Changed lives, safe homes: Leaving No One Behind

Nepal's 2015 earthquake left well over 8,000 people dead and destroyed the homes and livelihoods of many, many more. In the early humanitarian response, the emphasis was of course on reaching every affected person. However, in the longer-term reconstruction effort, some individuals were in a better position than others to access financial assistance and to draw on family resources to rebuild their lives. The SDC project Employment Fund – Skills for Reconstruction (EF-SR) focused on training individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in earthquake-resilient construction techniques – skills they learned through hands-on experience. This gave the men and women concerned both the chance to rebuild their own homes, and a source of future livelihood in the construction sector. Nevertheless, as the project progressed, it became increasingly obvious that some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged households were being left behind in the reconstruction effort. They needed targeted support. This blog outlines how this was done and provides a link to stories of specific individuals whose lives were changed through project interventions. Read more»​​​​​​​


Lived experie​nce of persons with disabilities

Worldwide about one billion people, or 15% of the world's population, live with a disability. 80 percent of them in countries of the Global South. Persons with disabilities belong to the most marginalised groups, still facing severe inequalities in all matters of life. Ensuring their rights and inclusion in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is crucial in achieving the 2030 Agenda with its core principle of Leave No One Behind. End the Cycle is an initiative of CBM promoting the human rights and lived experience of persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries. The stories are collected through a human rights method (CRPD principles are applied during the collection process), i.e. people are in control of their story and review and approve all content before publishing.​ Read more»


BRAC Graduation prog​​rammes

BRAC's Gra​duat​​ion approach is a comprehensive, timebound, integrated and sequenced set of interventions that enable extreme and ultra-poor households to achieve socioeconomic resilience in order to progress along a pathway out of extreme poverty. Participants become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming extreme poverty.

​Through the Graduation progr​​amme, BRAC builds the capacity of the poorest, known as the ultra-poor, to move beyond extreme poverty. The programme includes training in life and technical skills, knowledge and leadership needed to be self-reliant so they can meet their own basic needs, improve their communities and build better futures for themselves and their children. Read more»




How to fix a leaky bucket: Fastenopfer's Solidarity Groups approaches

Solidarity Groups are an approach for community empowerment that is supported by the Swiss NGO Fastenopfer. Unlike other group-based savings schemes, in which groups are only vehicles for delivering financial services, Solidarity Groups focus on building strong cohesive communities. They use internal savings and lending as starting point for a community-led empowerment process that leave​s no one behind. Working together in a spirit of solidarity enables extremely poor and marginalised people to build more resilient livelihoods, reduce their structural vulnerability to debt and exploitation, and gain greater control over their own destiny.

Programmes in Madagascar and Senegal were evaluated with a focus on understanding Solidarity Groups' Impacts using a rigorous mixed methods approach; India was evaluated separately focusing on understanding the importance of certain programme elements. Read more»



​Q&A to "Leave No One Behind" - Experiences from Burkina Faso

How can those left behind be identified? And which barriers must be overcome to reach certain target groups? The German development cooperation GIZ analyses potential approaches for integrating LNOB more effectively into ongoing projects in Burkina Faso and identifies opportunities for systematically reaching the poorest and most vulnerable groups. Find out more in the document “Questions and Answers to ‘Leave no one behind’ – Experiences from Burkina Faso”. Read more»


Leaving No One Behind: How to Make a Labor Market System Work for Everyone

The SDGs contain the principal pledge to 'leave no one behind'. Translating this bold global commitment into an action-oriented mindset and result is a tall order. Yet, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation believes that action starts locally. In this blog post, Helvetas shares their experience from Kosovo about how a local initiative supports inclusion of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the labour markets. Read more»

Making SDG implementation more inclusive and accountable towards marginalised groups

Find out about pilot actions in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam by the International Civil Society Center's 'Leave No One Behind Partnership.' 









​Social Care Services for Children with Disabilities – Lushnje Development Centre

Services for people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups in Albania account for 25% of overall social services. However, only 17% of people with disabilities have access to social services throughout the country. The Development Center for children with disabilities in Lushnje was established in 2016 by the Municipality in partnership with UNDP and with funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). The collaboration with the Municipality for its establishment is part of UNDP support to various municipalities in Albania to design new models of community-based social services for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, aiming to provide inclusion to the furthest left behind. The intervention ultimately contributed in supporting the Municipality to provide 52 children with disabilities and their families with access to quality social care services.
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Strengthen Poverty Focus

On this page you find testimonials of processes and activities (such as workshops) which aim to strengthen the focus on poverty in development work. These testimonials provide you with valuable insights how the SDC and other development agencies can strengthen their poverty focus in order to contribute to SDG 1.​​ Read more»


If you have good examples and practices to share in the context of Leave No One Behindplease fill in this template (SDC download | external download) and send it to us via poverty-wellbeing@helvetas.org.