In Malawi, where a policy of Free Primary Education has been in place for more than fifteen years, relatively few children have never attended school. However, despite high initial enrolments, primary education in Malawi is inefficient, with high dropout and low completion rates. Against a context of underlying poverty, research suggests that many of the children in Malawi denied adequate access to education are those orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
Health, education, protection, livelihoods, and livelihoods of children and young people in developing and fragile contexts.
At the Putting Children First Conference in Ethiopia in October 2017, the grant holders funded by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership conducted interviews with policymakers and practitioners. The interviews explored the use of evidence to inform policy and decision making and the upcoming challenges and opportunities in tackling child poverty.