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

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.

Blog: Teaching, learning and disadvantage – from policy to practice

Aug 2016
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.
Credit: Anna Ridout/ Oxfam
This project considers cross-age peer tutoring on the teaching of reading in Kenyan primary schools. Research suggests student partnerships in which an upper primary pupil is trained to work with a younger child to conduct structured reading sessions is one of the most powerful methods for raising achievement.

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