Counting every last child

Monitoring progress for the children left behind

When world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, they promised to ensure that no one is left behind by progress. This included ensuring that the SDGs are met by 2030 for all segments of society, and that those who are left farthest behind are reached first. However, millions of children around the world continue to face systemic barriers and gross discrimination in accessing essential services and opportunities that would allow them to reach their full potential. Children are being denied a future simply because of who they are or where they live.

To fulfil the ground-breaking pledge to Leave No One Behind, it is necessary to know who the furthest behind are, monitor their progress, and build public and political understanding about the importance of reaching them.

Navigate the below data visualisations to understand the inequalities that still persist for key SDG indicators between different groups of children, both within and across countries.

SDG Trends and Projections

This tool presents trends in inequalities in different countries. It displays data for selected children’s wellbeing indicators and shows changes over time. Data is broken down by gender, urban/rural location and economic groups. The tool can also be used to project trends to 2030, showing what will happen if progress continues at the same pace, as well as what progress is needed to reach SDG targets by 2030.

Cross-Country Comparison

This tool allows for the comparison of levels of inequality in different countries. It displays data for single indicators of children’s wellbeing, disaggregated by gender, economic group, subnational region, urban/rural area and ethnolinguistic group.

Intersecting Inequalities within a Country

This tool allows for the comparison of levels of child wellbeing between different groups of children within the same country. It allows for the identification of children who are farthest behind as a result of being a member of more than one disadvantaged group (for e.g. girls in marginalised regions).

These data tools are based on Save the Children’s Group-based Inequality Database (GRID). This database brings together disaggregated data for key SDG indicators related to children’s wellbeing, including for education, nutrition, child survival and birth registration. The database contains data processed from over 280 household surveys and other sources, allowing for comparison of levels of wellbeing between girls and boys, urban and rural areas, subnational regions, ethnolinguistic groups and economic groups. For more information see the methodological note.

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