P20 Initiative

Closing the gap: priorities for the High-level Political Forum 2019


A summary of key evidence As the High-level Political Forum (HLPF 2019) meets in July to review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and hear presentations on voluntary national reviews (VNRs) from 47 countries, it is increasingly clear that progress is insufficient to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the […]

Development cooperation for improved data

Data use

This last week has been an important one for the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), seeing both the appointment of a new Chair and the publication of the latest edition of the Development Co-operation Report. Susanna Moorehead will bring her previous experience as British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and UK Permanent Representative to the […]

What does new World Bank data tell us about progress on poverty?


There has been some progress on aggregate and in some countries and regions. However, overall there are many people and places that are making very slow progress or no progress at all, with poverty headcounts increasing in 39 countries from 2013 to 2015. What are some of the key global trends? There is some good […]

Data to leave no one behind: Development cooperation and the P20


By Michael Gerber, Swiss Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development The shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was a watershed moment. It signalled an end to thinking dominated by old north/south, rich/poor, donor/recipient mindsets. It marked a shift from a development era to an era of universality. The […]

The P20 and progress on the commitment to leave no one behind at country level


Tomorrow, as part of the High-Level Political Forum, DI will co-host a side-event on the commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’ with the governments of Switzerland and Benin. This session will be an opportunity to share initial reflections, challenges, experiences and ideas around our P20 approach. When Benin and Switzerland signed up to Agenda 2030 almost […]

How the P20 are doing in Benin


In 2017, Benin published its first Voluntary National Review of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The importance of the goal to ‘leave no one behind’ was interlaced through that report, and in their 2018 review there is further focus on the leave no one behind agenda. The P20 Initiative is an effort to […]

How the P20 are doing in your country


Explore our interactive pdf to see profiles on how the P20 are doing in every country across the world based on available data. The P20 Initiative produces data to show whether the poorest 20% (the P20) of people are getting their fair share of attention, investment and opportunity, and therefore whether people are being left behind. […]

Coding the P20 – How we developed and coded the P20 Initiative


This background paper discusses the use of data from 99 different household surveys to create statistics for the P20 Initiative. It highlights some of the difficulties encountered, including a lack of data for some countries, variations in language, and surveys that did not systematically include questions about income or consumption, making it hard to quantify […]

Improving data on ageing to leave no one behind


At the end of August, I participated in a meeting in Winchester, UK, with colleagues from national statistical offices, UN agencies, NGOs and academia, to discuss the need for better disaggregation by age and ageing-related statistics. The UK’s Office of National Statistics hosted the technical group to lay the groundwork for the creation of the […]