Development Initiatives welcomes UK Prime Minister’s commitment to ensure global promise to Leave No One Behind


In response to the UK Prime Minister’s statement made yesterday on the new global goals to end poverty, Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director at Development Initiatives said,

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensuring the global promise to ‘Leave No One Behind’ is kept. Development Initiatives (DI) is delighted to be involved in this Partnership. We are looking forward to working closely with the UK and other nations to ensure pledges made this week to eradicate poverty and leaving no one behind are achieved. .

“Our research shows the proportion of people living in extreme poverty in fragile states has risen from around 20 per cent in 1990 to 62 per cent in 2015. The vast majority – 96 per cent – of people living in extreme poverty are in countries that are politically fragile, environmentally vulnerable or both. This means poverty is increasingly concentrated in complex and challenging contexts, and efforts will need to be intensified and better focused in order to end poverty, leaving no one behind.

“DI aims to play a leadership role in monitoring the progress of the poorest people globally, and promoting the sharing of data and evidence at all levels on the effectiveness and allocation of resources towards the goal of ending poverty”

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Contact: Anna Abuhelal, Communications Manager at Development Initiatives

E: Anna.Abuhelal@devinit.org T: +44(0)1179 272505 M: +44(0) 7894442055

Notes to editors:

DI works to end extreme poverty by 2030 by making data and information on poverty and resources transparent, accessible and useable. Working to support partners at national levels in Uganda, Kenya and Nepal and providing information and analysis on global resource flows, DI helps decision makers to use information to increase their impact on the poorest people in the most sustainable way. With its technical expertise, DI has been instrumental in developing and supporting the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard for aid flows.

DI is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and national governments, including Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. We provide consultancy services to non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, philanthropic foundations, governments and multilateral agencies.