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Leaving no one behind: ‘accidentally’, deliberately or systemically?

Judith Randel and Tony German of Public Good talk about the social, political and economic factors that result in people being left behind by donor agencies.

  • 10 Dec 2019, 1.15pm to 10 Dec 2019, 2.15pm GMT
  • Chancellors' Building 3.15, The Chancellors' Building, University of Bath
  • This event is free

Join us for our lunchtime Research Seminar Series where we showcase research from our department and invite guest speakers to present on their work. The event lasts an hour, with about 45 minutes of research presentation and 15 minutes for questions at the end. The topics are as varied as the research centres within the department: the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP) and the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS).


Four years after Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were agreed, many donor agencies are still thinking through how they can deliver on their commitment to Leave No One Behind (LNOB). Whilst action on poverty under the United Nation's SDG 1 can be seen as a continuation of the Millenium Development Goals' (MDG) focus on income and multidimensional poverty, addressing inequality under SDG10 is more challenging.

Some people critique LNOB as sounding like an oversight - like leaving your umbrella behind on the bus! So it is useful to be clear that often, being left behind is not an accident. This session will unpick the some of the social, political and economic factors that result in people being left behind. It will consider the conceptual shifts needed to make sure that LNOB delivers something more ambitious than MDG era interventions. And it will briefly consider the data challenges involved in measuring LNOB impact.

About the speakers

Judith Randel and Tony German have worked together on information and poverty issues since jobsharing as Director of Public Affairs at ActionAid in the mid 1980s.

In 1993 they co-founded the consultancy DI International Ltd and in 2006 the not for profit Development Initiatives Poverty Research – now operating together as Development Initiatives.

Whilst at Development Initiatives (DI), Judith and Tony:

  • established the Reality of Aid and edited its annual reports for a decade to 2004

  • set up the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme in 2000, which continues to provide annual scrutiny of humanitarian finance.

  • were partners in the Chronic Poverty Research Centre from 2000 to 2010

  • edited the DATA Report for ONE from 2006 to 2010

  • set up the aidinfo programme which led to the establishment of the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

After stepping down as directors, Tony and Judith have continued as strategic advisers to DI (to March 2020) and have undertaken a range of work including a review of the OECD DAC Peer Review System, advice to IrishAid on the leave no one behind and furthest behind first agenda which is now the centrepiece of Ireland’s new Development Policy and evaluation work with Finland on the role and performance of civil society.

Most recently Judith and Tony have established Public Good, with an emphasis on how information and ideas can be translated into action on poverty and inequality in every country - in line with the universality approach embodied in the SDGs and Agenda 2030.


Chancellors' Building 3.15

Chancellors' Building 3.15 The Chancellors' Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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