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Children and Youth in Crisis: Protecting Human Development During Economic Shocks

World Bank and Jacob's Foundation launch and learning event: Children and Youth in Crisis: Protecting Human Development During Economic Shocks



During the event, participants will discuss the findings and implications of the Children and Youth in Crisis work that was initiated by the World Bank in response to the recent food, fuel, and financial crises. In the sessions, participants will learn about the impact of crises on the development of young people, and discuss how best to protect and promote human development during economic downturns. Drawing on the knowledge from diverse disciplines including economics, developmental psychology, and sociology, the event will provide a platform for dialogue on how to adequately address the needs of children and youth through interventions in the areas of early childhood development, health, education, social protection, labor markets, and other social services.

This event is open to internal and external audiences. Please click here for event website


SESSION 1 (12:00 - 2:00 pm):
Children and Youth in Times of Economic Crises: Lessons from Interdisciplinary Research

The session will review the existing evidence on the effects of crisis on young people, present a developmental approach to crisis response, highlight the effects of adversity on stress and parenting, and discuss the role of resilience in the wake of economic downturns.

Chair: Arup Banerji (Sector Director, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank)

  • Mattias Lundberg (Senior Economist, World Bank)
  • Larry Aber (New York University)
  • Rand Conger (University of California, Davis)
  • Katherine Conger (University of California, Davis)
  • Ann Masten (University of Minnesota)

SESSION 2 (2:15 - 4:15 pm):
Applying a Developmental Lens to Crisis Response: Country Case Studies & Operational Lessons

The workshops will provide a platform for discussion between World Bank staff and other organizations on how a developmental lens can be applied to expand, sharpen, and make more effective the design and implementation of programs to protect and promote child and youth development during crisis. Academic experts will join the discussion.

Workshop 1: Making public works work for women and young children

Workshop 2: Protecting cognitive and socio-emotional development through school-based interventions

Workshop 3: Enhancing youth livelihood programs with mentoring and psycho-social support services

SESSION 3 (4:30 - 5:30 pm):
The Way Forward in Research and Policy

What does a better understanding of the impacts of crises on child and youth development mean for future research and policy? This session will discuss its implications for the World Bank and the international community with regard to assessing vulnerabilities, targeting, building pre-crisis systems, multi-sector interventions, and evaluation.

Chair: Simon Sommer (Jacobs Foundation)

  • Jere Behrman (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Steen Jorgensen (Sector Director for Human Development, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank)

RECEPTION (5:30 - 6:30 pm)

For more information please contact Kevin Hempel (


Tags: ["World Bank", "Children & Youth", "crisis", "economic crisis"]
Published June 13, 2012 2:14 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 2:55 PM