In the world of big data, evolving research into education policy and practice is a highly political, contested and complex space. Deciding when, how, where and with whom to share big data surely lies at the heart of the reason why we collect it in the first place. If research intends to create change and impact real lives, who deserves to hear the results most, and to be included centrally, and not peripherally, in its dissemination?
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Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future of work in a digital age matters for development actors, and what we need to be thinking and doing differently.
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.
As information and communication technology (ICT) becomes more prevalent in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), both lay users and medical professionals are finding new and innovative ways to incorporate mobile health (mHealth) and electronic health (eHealth) tools into their everyday lives.
This is the first occasion we have participated in a discussion on reducing global child poverty and we found the presentations also spoke to disability and how young children with disabilities and their families are more likely to experience economic and social disadvantage than those without disability.
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…?”
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.
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.
SOS Children's Villages International explores how the multidimensional nature of poverty impacts on children, especially children without parental care or who are not living in households, and introduces the inter-agency initiative: All children count, but not all children are counted.
Dr Agata D’Addato, Senior Policy Coordinator, Eurochild highlights a number of key results in putting children at the heart of policy making and introduces the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty Research day which is taking place at the Institute of Development Studies, UK on on 18th November 2016.