Jamal Malik's story, in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, is a rags to riches tale of a young Indian boy from the slums of Mumbai. Living in extreme poverty, Jamal’s childhood does not suggest that success is round the corner. But thanks to a rare combination of luck, coincidence and chutzpah, he goes on to hit the jackpot on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In reality, such good fortune is rare and disadvantaged children often struggle to turn their lives around.
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Fighting child poverty is necessary in order to reach Sustainable Development Goal 1 (SDG1): ‘End Poverty in all its form, everywhere’ by 2030. Across the world, one out of two people living in extreme poverty is a child. Children born and living in poverty are more likely to suffer from undernourishment, lack of access to school or health care and die before the age of five.
SOS Children's Villages International explores how the multidimensional nature of poverty impacts on children, especially children without parental care or who are not living in households, and introduces the inter-agency initiative: All children count, but not all children are counted.
Dr Agata D’Addato, Senior Policy Coordinator, Eurochild highlights a number of key results in putting children at the heart of policy making and introduces the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty Research day which is taking place at the Institute of Development Studies, UK on on 18th November 2016.
The HSR2016 brings together over 2,000 policymakers and practitioners in Vancouver, Canada, from 14-18 November. The Impact Initiative is hosting two organised sessions during the Symposium - ‘Opportunities and Challenges: integrating mHealth into low- and middle-income health systems’ and ‘Disability, equity and rights: Sharing intersectional approaches to building responsive, resilient and inclusive health systems’.
Effective decision making in global development requires access to diverse, high quality, relevant research evidence from a range of sources. However, the availability and visibility of research knowledge in online spaces is unequal.
Sally Theobald, RinGs and ReBUILD, reflects on some key points for gender, governance and health arising from the Women in Global Health's attendance at the World Health Summit 2016.
Anuradha De, CORD, India, and Nidhi Singal, University of Cambridge, UK reflect on the educational lives of children with disabilities based on discussions at the recent joint consultation event in New Delhi (India) on ‘Teaching, Learning and Disadvantage'.
Meera Samson, CORD, India; and Pauline Rose, University of Cambridge, UK write about recent research in education in India, funded as part of the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes programme, and how it will contribute towards an evidence-based strategy of reform. Resources can be downloaded from the event they hosted in India on August 10, 2016 to contribute to the current policy consultation with the Indian government.
Terrorist attacks and a related rash of populist political uprisings in this hot and hungry El Nino season of mid-2016 pushed at least one event off the headlines it should rightly have occupied. This was the passage of the United States Government’s ‘Global Food Security Act of 2016’, signed by President Obama in July. Naomi Hossein, a Research Fellow in the Power and Popular Politics Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, explores the global politics of food provision.