Event: Putting children first: new frontiers in the fight against child poverty in Africa

Photo (cropped): Children in Danchira Village, Ghana. Photo credit: Ian Muttoo/Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

18/10/2019 - 10:30 to 17:30

Despite important strides in the last few decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in Africa. Poverty in all its dimensions is detrimental for early childhood development and leads to often unreversed damage for the lives of girls and boys, locking children and families into intergenerational poverty.

On Friday 18 October, we bring together leading scholars and policy makers to discuss new frontiers in the fight against child poverty in Africa. We zoom in on two policy areas, namely (i) cash-plus programming for improved child outcomes, and (ii) policies supporting safe transitions from childhood to adulthood, learning lessons from new research and programming initiatives and debating ways forward.

The event is co-hosted by IDS, the DSA/EADI Working Group on Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics, Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, the Impact Initiative, with support from the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP/University of Bergen/International Science Council). At the event, we launch an edited volume following an international research and policy conference held in Addis Ababa in October 2017 that includes applied research from across the continent in three themes, namely i) manifestations of child poverty, (ii) child-sensitive social protection, and (iii) transitions from childhood into adulthood.

This event is open for registration. Please find the invitation and draft programme here.

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Event: Putting children first - October 18, 2019