Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data collected in 2012–2014 from over 4500 young people (aged 8–25 y) in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, this paper documents practices of using mobile phones to seek healthcare and the new therapeutic opportunities they create, alongside the constraints, contingencies and risks.
Health, education, protection, livelihoods, and livelihoods of children and young people in developing and fragile contexts.
In this paper we reflect on the inter-generational encounters which are embedded in young people’s cell phone interactions, and consider the wider societal implications, not least the potential for associated shifts in the generational balance of power.
This resource highlights research, enabled by ESRC-DFID's Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation, that has directly engaged young people, or looked at factors that have enabled (or inhibited) their ability to influence what happens in their lives.
This three-day international conference in October aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, and inspiring action towards change. Calls for proposals are invited on four themes. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2017.
Keetie Roelen introduces the context and main themes for a three-day international conference “Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa” which will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentation or other interactive engagements that provoke critical reflection and debate. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2017.
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.
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.