2023 has been a successful year for the Leave No One Behind Partnership. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation officially confirmed to support the Partnership with a generous grant of $120,000 for one year. This grant will provide dedicated support for the partnership’s project in Kenya, titled “Amplifying Voices of Marginalized Groups in SDGs Implementation.” In line with our commitment to inclusivity, the project will specifically target women, youth, older persons, and persons with disabilities in three counties – Siaya, Makueni and Taita Taveta, ensuring their voices shape the country’s SDG priorities. Simultaneously, the Hewlett Foundation’s grant will also enable the partnership to implement vital activities at a global level, supporting the partnership’s global advocacy towards the increased use of Citizen– Generated Data (CGD).
Moreover, the Centre’s application for the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie (German Postcode Lottery) was approved, securing a substantial funding amount of 99,990 EUR—another remarkable fundraising achievement for the partnership. A significant portion of this funding will be directed towards the “Youth-led SDG Monitoring project in Nepal,” greatly enhancing LNOB Nepal’s endeavours to empower youth voices and advance sustainable development goals in the country. The initiative combines participatory techniques, inclusive data generation, and digital tools to amplify the voices of marginalised groups and enhance their participation in SDG monitoring.
Both initiatives in Kenya and Nepal are dedicated towards empowering citizens, grassroots organisations, and marginalised groups by bolstering their capacity in SDGs and CGD methodologies. These projects will amplify the engagement of grassroots civil society organisations (CSOs) and marginalised communities in pertinent public dialogues and political forums at local, national, and global levels, fostering their influence and empowerment while enhancing their access to public services and rights, all through the generation and use of CGD. Additionally, the projects prioritise equipping key policy makers with SDG approaches that inclusively integrate marginalised communities into the planning process.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to both donors for their generous support. With this funding, the partnership can continue our important work of leaving no one behind, while specifically concentrating on amplifying the voices of marginalsed communities in Kenya and Nepal.