The SDG challenge of reaching the last mile

05 June 2018 - 19:30 - 21:30

This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.

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The SDG challenge of reaching the last mile

Agenda  2030 calls for leaving no one behind and ensuring that all sustainable development goals (SDGs) are "met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society.” This means ending poverty in all its forms everywhere and reaching out to the “last mile”: those who are at the base of the pyramid, the poorest of the poor, the most geographically distant and the most marginalised - with a special emphasis on women and girls. In fact, 75 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas with insufficient access to education, healthcare, clean water and sanitation. The percentage of children not in school in rural areas is twice as high as in urban areas, and children in rural areas are 1.7 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday in comparison to urban areas. Furthermore, women and girls living in poverty face multiple forms of discrimination and marginalisation, thus facing increased risks of violence. Tackling these and other challenges requires  new approaches that explicitly target and prioritize the “last mile”,  through innovative development, business and financial policies and actions, at national, regional and international level.  


  • How can emerging technologies, especially digital innovations, help shift the path from poverty to prosperity in the "last mile"?
  • Would facilitating more private sector activity in areas such as healthcare, sanitation and education help reduce inequality on the long term?  
  • What lessons from the EU’s own experiences in promoting inclusiveness  can be translated into its international development policies? 
  • How can cities, governments and the international community make “the feminisation” of poverty more important to women lives and encourage empowerment at a grassroots?


Shada Islam, Director for Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe



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