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.
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.