Health, education, protection, livelihoods, and livelihoods of children and young people in developing and fragile contexts.

Key issues guide on research with children and young people: how children's choices influence their wellbeing and how research can help

This resource highlights research, enabled by ESRC-DFID's Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation, that has directly engaged young people, or looked at factors that have enabled (or inhibited) their ability to influence what happens in their lives.

Call for proposals: Putting children first event in Africa

06/03/2017
This three-day international conference in October aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, and inspiring action towards change. Calls for proposals are invited on four themes. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2017.

Blog: Taking action to tackle child poverty and inequality in Africa

Mar 2017
Keetie Roelen introduces the context and main themes for a three-day international conference “Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa” which will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentation or other interactive engagements that provoke critical reflection and debate. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2017.

Blog: Child poverty research day

Dec 2016
On 18 November, the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty and the Impact Initiative hosted a ‘Child Poverty Research Day’ to discuss current evidence, knowledge gaps and ways forward for research helping to reduce child poverty. Despite massive poverty reduction in the past decades, child poverty remains an issue requiring urgent action. The day was filled with sharing of research findings as well discussions of knowledge gaps and ideas for ways forward on how research, policy and practice can come together towards seeking a solution for ending child poverty.

Blog: What does research for child poverty need to do?

Dec 2016
Hosted by the Impact Initiative, the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty Research Day brought together researchers on child poverty from around the world (including from ESRC/DFID grant holders). They day focused on the reduction of economic and non-economic forms child poverty. Given the diverse range of voices in the room, we asked the Coalition and ESRC/DfID grant holders, to finish off the statement: “Research for child poverty has to…?”

Blog: Not all poor children can become slumdog millionaires

Nov 2016
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.

Blog: Child poverty must be at the centre of the debate for sustainable development

Nov 2016
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.

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