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

Blog: Putting Children First: take-away messages

Dec 2017
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

Nov 2017
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

Nov 2017
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

Nov 2017
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.

Education is central to economic development and recognised as the Second Goal of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Many developing countries, including Bangladesh, which is the focus country of this project, have achieved impressive progress in primary school enrolment; however, there is evidence that the effectiveness of primary education is low in many cases.

Blog: Why are some children able to ‘beat the odds’ stacked against them early in life?

Nov 2017
How is it that some children, despite growing up in the face of adversity, are able to fare well, and even thrive later in life? What helps children 'overcome the odds' even when the odds are stacked against them? Gina Crivello, Senior Research Officer at Young Lives, explores these questions.

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