The P20 Initiative: Data to leave no one behind

The P20 initiative focuses on the people who are in the poorest 20% globally. It aims to track their progress and improve information about their lives in order to ensure no one is left behind in efforts to tackle poverty.


Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals have brought us a global commitment to end extreme poverty and ensure no one is left behind. For this ambition to be met, we need to know who the poorest people in the world are, understand their lives, and ensure they are included in progress.

P20 Initiative aims

  1. Focus attention on people in the poorest 20%

Using the best available data we will produce analysis on whether progress is being made for people in the poorest 20% based on three bellwether indicators – income, nutrition and whether people are being counted in civil registration systems. We will also unpack data on where people in the P20 live and produce sector analysis to look in-depth at areas such as health and education.

  1. Demonstrate the importance of better data on people in poverty

We will promote the disaggregation of data on people to ensure a minimum of five elements – income quintile, geography, gender, age and disability. Analysis will be produced where data exists to demonstrate the important insights this brings. Highlighting the vital need for functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems to ensure people in poverty are visible and counted will also be a key part of our efforts.

  1. Ensure no one is left behind

By focussing on the progress of the poorest people and the urgent improvements needed in data on their lives, we will contribute to efforts to end poverty and ensure no one is left behind.

Read our baseline report here

Download our graphic summary here

In the meantime, for more information, you can browse our initial P20 analysis via links at the top right of this page.