An integrated approach to leaving no one behind: overview and methodology

Research reports and studies
December 2016

The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an important and much-lauded agenda. Yet there is no agreed definition of what ‘leave no one behind’ really means, and a danger that it will not be implemented or monitored in the same way as other aspects of the SDGs.

To overcome this problem, ODI has piloted a set of ‘leave no one behind’ stocktakes in the roads and health sectors. These innovative, multidisciplinary studies explore how fit for purpose a country’s data, policies, financing and politics are to meet the leave no one behind objective. Our initial studies took place in Kenya and Nepal, and we plan to expand this to other countries and potentially other sectors.

This report outlines the rationale and methodology for the pilot stocktakes, summarises the key findings, and reflects on how the methodology could be updated in the future.

A series of interactive maps accompanies this report. They explore how access to healthcare and roads varies across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and within Kenya and Nepal. 

Access to healthcare and roads: interactive maps