New OECD Development Co-operation Report cites PEP research

December 11, 2018

The OECD’s Development Co-operation Report 2018: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind cites PEP-CBMS research from Kenya as an example of what works.

December 11, 2018 - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the Development Co-operation Report 2018: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind, including PEP-CBMS research from Kenya as an example of what works. 

The Development Co-operation Report 2018 presents the challenge of leaving no one behind. It documents multiple examples of existing good practice in reaching the furthest behind and identifies priority areas for action with a specific focus on the vital role of development co-operation and official development assistance.

Pledge to Leave No One Behind

In 2015, United Nations member states approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and established the Sustainable Development Goals, pledging universal, equitable and sustainable development for all.

A contribution from a PEP-CBMS project in Kenya is featured as one of five case studies showing initiatives already in place to deliver on the SDGs for everyone in specific countries and regions.

Prof. Jane Mariara, Executive Director of PEP and mentor to the research team in Kenya, said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to contribute and showcase the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) methodology in such a valuable report, especially as an example of international good practice. This opportunity has helped us reach new audiences, and I hope it will lead to further collaborations with OECD for sustainable development research.” 

“It also represents an important opportunity for these researchers to share their research and expertise internationally,” said Prof. Mariara, speaking as the team’s mentor. One of PEP’s main aims is to promote the work and voices of developing country researchers in international development policy debates.

The project used CBMS to develop a poverty profile of Muthithi Location, Murang’a County, Kenya, while also monitoring other welfare indicators. This multidimensional study has informed local government interventions to help those furthest behind. In November 2016, the county government began implementing the team’s recommendations, starting with a program providing free technical skills training – mainly to youth – to improve their employability and entrepreneurship.

Empowering communities to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

Using the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) approach, PEP is able to track the segments and even the members of the population that are most likely to be left behind by local development initiatives. PEP researchers uncover key household and individual-level information, including income, education, health, sanitation, and housing. By sharing this information and working with local stakeholders, PEP research informs policies that make real improvements to the welfare of vulnerable populations.

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