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Leave No One Behind in progress to the Sustainable Development Goals: priority actions for governments by 2020

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Written by Andrew Shepherd, Kate Bird, Moizza Binat Sarwar

This paper provides a reasonably comprehensive basis for identifying policies that will contribute to leaving no one behind, since the chronically poor are, by definition, those who are getting left behind in the process of development. Of course, among the chronically poor are those who are able to make progress and sustain escapes from poverty; there are also those who are stuck on the consumption floor, which has barely moved in several decades, some of whom may be experiencing ‘intersecting inequalities’ (those pertaining to different attributes such as age, religion and gender, embodied in the same person) – or, in simpler terms, those who experience multiple disadvantages.

The report explores context through a re-categorisation of countries by using income levels, institutional fragility and progress on poverty, and an analysis of countries’ policy frameworks in 2015. It then explores the above priorities in context, and in each policy area outlines key measures that will underpin progress and enhance access for the poorest and most marginalised.

Andrew Shepherd and Kate Bird with Moizza Binat Sarwar