Marginalized groups (depending on the national context, these may include religious minorities, persons with disabilities, women and girls) remain invisible in official national statistics because disaggregated data are not available and average values have very little meaning. Thus, in the implementation and examination of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), their living conditions are not correctly recorded and their concrete needs are not recognized.
Therefore, collecting and analyzing missing data together with the representatives of the identified groups are the central focus of this project –hereby making voices heard. In local and national dialogs, the results are presented to political decision-makers and recommendations made that address the needs of vulnerable groups. At the UN level, partners of the project advocate for the recognition of data collected through participatory approaches in SDG monitoring processes (hereby making voices count).
The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s support facilitates data collection and dialog formats in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, and Nepal, as well as the processing and visualization of data. The project is coordinated by the International Civil Society Centre in Berlin and implemented by the partnership of 12 leading international civil society organizations (Leave no one behind partnership).