Insights from the global Leave No One Behind partnership: using data-driven approaches to support the engagement of local civil society and marginalised communities in democratic spaces, aiming to foster a more inclusive and participatory development.
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Democracy and its underlying principles of equal rights and non-discrimination are strengthened with the representation of people from all communities. However, means to actively engage marginalised groups in the public policy discourse often remain inadequate. Also, many governments fail to collect highly granular data, impairing themselves to fully capture the realities of hard-to reach populations and hence to take them into account. This poses a considerable risk to the successful delivery of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its underlying goal to ‘leave no one behind’.
Against this backdrop, civil society organisations (CSOs) and grassroots community-based organisations (CBOs) are playing a pivotal role in communicating development priorities to local communities and voicing community members’ concerns and needs to the decision makers. Yet, the space for such civic engagement is limited or shrinking in many countries.
The Leave No One Behind Partnership, a coalition of nearly 100 CSOs that works in seven countries and at the global level, aims to create an enabling environment for civil society actors to engage in democratic spaces and policy dialogues, with a focus on the SDG process. The partnership helps building the capacities of CSOs and CBOs to produce and work with ‘community-driven data’. This inclusive monitoring data is generated directly by marginalised communities and the organisations which represent them. The data is used by local civil society as an advocacy tool to engage with decision makers, aiming to make policies and services more inclusive of the needs of marginalised communities, ensuring their voices are heard.
Quote from an LNOB member: “By identifying those who are excluded and show how their lives can be improved, we could bring about a ‘revolution’ in the way how development and humanitarian issues are tackled.”
This event will showcase insights and best practices from the partnership’s work at the global, national and local level, including case studies from its programmes in India and Vietnam. Together with our audience, we want to discuss the potentials and limitations of inclusive data for reaching the SDGs and fostering equity in development.
Philippe Latriche, Advisor SDGs and Inequalities, INTPA
Annie Namala Convener - Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), India
Linh Phuong Nguyen, Executive Director - Management and Sustainable
Development Institute, Vietnam
Deepesh Paul Thakur Senior Director, Local to Global Advocacy and Impact - World Vision International
Konok Roy, Deputy Secretary, National Child Forum, Bangladesh
Moderated by Peter Koblowsky, Senior Partnership Manager - International Civil Society Centre
Language of Q&A session: English