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Leave no one behind - Harvesting first experiences​​

Online event, 16 October 2020


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launched a Guidance on LNOB in 2019 to provide support to its staff and partner organisations on how to implement this central pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. Around the same time, it also launched its new Guidance for Engagement with Swiss NGOs​, including a reformed system of program contributions, with the 2030 Agenda ​and LNOB placed at its heart.​


What have we achieved so far?

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) marks a great opportunity for the SDC and its partners to reflect and exchange on the application of this pledge to leave no one behind one year after the adoption of the SDC Guidance. ​

The SDC invites two of its partner organisations to this online event, Fastenopfer and Kooperationsgemeinschaft (KoGe), to share their experiences on LNOB. Fastenopfer will provide an insight into their Solidarity Groups approach that focuses on building strong and cohesive societies by providing community-based safety nets to the most vulnerable. The recently created umbrella organisation Kooperationsgemeinschaft (KoGe), will present its approach of developing a results framework that incorporates the concept of leaving no one behind into its programming. Both presentations will be followed by a Q&A session to allow for a learning-oriented discussion and reflection on the experiences made and the way forward.

This event is addressed to staff from the SDC head office and field offices, Swiss NGOs receiving SDC programme contributions and everyone interested to learn about LNOB. The session will be held in English.​ It will be moderated by Stephanie Guha and Antonia Does.


Programme

10 am

Introduction​

Thomas Gass, Ambassador, Assistant Director General, Head of South Cooperation Department, SDC ​

10.15 am

Sharing and discussing experiences by Fastenopfer 

Presentation of the project evaluation: ‘How to fix a leaky Bucket’ by Fastenopfer

11.00 am

Sharing and discussing experiences of the Kooperationsgemeinscha​ft (KoGe)

Presentation of the recently established umbrella organisation KoGe, including nine Swiss NGOs working along SDG 16+​

11.45 am

Conclusion

Frédéric Noirjean, deputy head, Institutional Partnerships Division, SDC
Stephanie Guha, focal point Poverty Reduction/LNOB, SDC


​Key take-aways from the event​

  • The webinar marked a great opportunity for the SDC and its partners to reflect and exchange on the application of the pledge to leave no one behind one year after the adoption of the SDC Guidance Leave No One Behind.  
  • The central pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind is more relevant than ever today. The COVID-19 pandemic has wide-reaching economic and social consequences, with an estimated 100 million people being pushed into extreme poverty. 
  • Considering the ever changing contexts, there is not “one" way to implement LNOB, as there is no blueprint. LNOB is a declaration of intent, a pledge to reach the furthest behind first. It invites us to reconsider if our actions and projects are reaching this goal.
  • One way to ensure that no one is left behind is to support strong and cohesive societies by providing community-based safety nets to the most vulnerable and facilitating their self-empowerment. This enables them to claim their rights, live self-determined lives and engage with development opportunities from a position of greater strength. (-> see example from Fastenopfer)
  • Another way to better involve target groups is to include the empowerment of people left behind explicitly in the results framework, including in the outcomes, outputs and indicators. (->see example from​ KoGe)​​


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