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

Reducing teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

Research directly involving teenagers and their families in Sierra Leone to reduce teenage pregnancy has helped pave the way for a new community-friendly Child and Family Welfare Policy. Thanks to the project, condom use increased, teenage girls reported feeling more confident to say ‘no’ and boys showed more willingness to act responsibly. The findings directly influenced the Sierra Leone government’s development of a new policy on child protection.

Blog: Putting Children First: take-away messages
Over the course of three days, 150 researchers, practitioners and policy makers at the conference ‘Putting Children First: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa’ discussed the available evidence on child poverty and its policy responses, as well as knowledge and policy gaps. Various take-away messages stood out.

Addressing educational access and retention of orphaned and vulnerable children in high HIV prevalence communities in rural Malawi : a flexible approach to learning

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.
Vlog: How a mobile learning intervention supported children with disabilities in Kenya
Anne Geniets and Niall Winters discuss the Mobile Community Health Worker project (mCHW) Kenya. This is a mobile learning intervention to train community health workers and their supervisors in the assessment of developmental milestones of children under five in two marginalised communities in Kenya.
Blog: Fighting child-poverty multidimensionally: a headline and a toolbox
Following on from the Putting Children First conference, Christian Oldiges, OPHI, Oxford University, explains how governments can apply the Alkire-Foster (AF) method - a flexible technique for measuring poverty - to identify multidimensionally poor children and compute Child Multidimensional Poverty Indices (C-MPIs) that can be used to guide public policies.
Blog: We must act now
Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo provided the keynote address during the opening session of the conference ‘Putting Children First’ on 23 October 2017. During her inspirational speech, she reminded all participants of the urgency to fight child poverty in Africa, both for improving current and future lives.
Schoolchildren in Sonargaon, Bangladesh.

Principal Investigator: Asadul Islam. Lead Organisation: Monash University

Co-investigators: Ummul Ruthbah; John List; Anya Samek; Steven Stillman; Stefan Boes

News: International Development Committee calls for DFID to focus on leaving no one behind in education
A report by the cross-party International Development Committee, released yesterday, identifies priorities for the Department for International Development (DFID) to ensure the promise of the education SDG4 is realized.

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