Reporting on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) achievement has usually focused on national averages and whether countries are “on track” or “off track” to achieve the goals. The worse-off: women, poor people and those living in rural areas, are often mentioned. But systematic analysis of their data is rare. Similarly, government policies that succeeded in reducing disparities are rarely reviewed. This paper focuses on left behind groups, provides a systematic analysis of disparities affecting them, and provides examples of solutions used by governments in Asia and the Pacific.
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