Childwatch participates in Young Lives Conference
The Young Lives Project is a unique longitudinal research project about child poverty, reaching 12.000 children in Peru, India, Vietnam and Ethiopia. A major conference presenting and discussing the project and issues related to child poverty was held in Oxford at the end of March. Childwatch International sent two representatives to the event, to explore how the network could join forces with the Young Lives Project.
President of the Childwatch International Board, Irene Rizzini, and Sheila Greene, Director of the Children's Research Centre in Dublin participated in the Young Lives International Conference at the University of Oxford, 25 - 27 March on behalf of Childwatch International.
The conference gathered together 150 participants from over 25 countries for 3 days of vibrant discussion and debate on the causes and consequences of childhood poverty, generating plenty of food for thought and new insights. The programme focused mainly on the findings of the programme itself, the methodology used and its policy relevance, and included in addittion a number of plenary presentations by prominent child poverty experts.
For Childwatch International this project is highly relevant. Irene Rizzini mentions three areas where the network may benefit from closer collaboration with the Young Lives project. The project produces relevant substantive content on children and poverty related issues, available to be used by the network members. The project involves intensive international collaboration, and have experiences that can be useful for Childwatch International in a learning process. Lastly the project involves both qualitative and quantitative methodolgy, and the challenges faced by integration of different methods in an international context are relevant to our network members, who have similar challenges in their work.
Sheila Greene states that the project, in addition to its relevance in the four countries studied, has considerable relevance to researchers from other majority world countries and to researchers from minority world countries who have an interest in child poverty, child well-being and the appropriate methods to use when researching these critical issues.
Members of the Young Lives team will be participating in the organization of the global conference on child rights and research, Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads, co-organized by Childwatch International. The conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 November - 2 December of this year.
Read more about the Young Lives Project.
See pictures from the Young Lives Gallery on the Guardian International web site.
Read about the Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads conference.