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Published July 19, 2013 12:06 PM

From 2003 to 2005 The Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre (CHIP) published a series of policy briefs on child poverty. While the funded phase of the CHIP programme is now over, this resource for policy makers, practitioners and activists concerned about childhood poverty contains policy briefings, research reports, photos, case studies and links on a wide range of issues related to childhood poverty.

Published Feb. 22, 2013 6:04 PM

Latin America experienced six years of sustained economic growth from 2003 to 2008, before the international crisis.This performance was accompanied by a positive behaviour of social and labour market indicators as well as of income distribution. Less inequality and higher incomes resulted in lower rates of poverty and extreme poverty and a decrease in the number of poor people. These improvements are in stark contrast to the situation in the 1980’s and 1990’s. But the reduction in poverty and inequality is not a simple consequence of economic growth as this brief shows.

Published Feb. 8, 2013 10:23 AM

This new CROP Poverty Brief discusses how accurate the assessments of poverty reduction are, and if it is analytically correct to credit the MDGs with being a major driver of poverty reduction.

It is a result of the discussions at a recently organized CROP workshop on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The document argues that:


Published Oct. 29, 2012 1:07 PM

The links between climate change and disasters in South Asia, such as flooding in Pakistan or cyclones in Bangladesh, are increasingly evident. However, there is little recognition of the potentially life-long impact of climate change and related disasters on the wellbeing of the region’s children. In a region that accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s children, with 614 million children under 18, girls and boys must receive greater priority in measures to respond to disasters and in disaster risk reduction planning. 

Overseas Development Institute published this project briefing. This and other ODI Project Briefings are available from

Published Jan. 25, 2012 10:32 AM

Millions of children worldwide struggle as a result of prejudice and discrimination due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, indigenous background, and age. In many countries, intergroup tension is rising amid growing immigrant populations and increasing ethnic diversity. Legal mandates are the first step in laying the foundation against discrimination and prejudice; the next step involves changes in social interactions. To be effective, intervention programs should be informed by developmental science research and used more widely.

Published Oct. 27, 2011 8:52 AM

WHO and Liverpool John Moores University launched Violence prevention: the evidence, an eight-part series of briefings on the evidence for interventions to prevent interpersonal and self-directed violence.

Published Oct. 3, 2011 9:53 AM

Policy Brief from The Society for Research in Child Development: Food insecurity is a public health problem with serious consequences for children, including greater likelihood of depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, birth defects, and behavior problems. 

Published Apr. 29, 2011 11:40 AM

The joint statement aims to build greater consensus on the importance of child-sensitive social protection. It lays out the particular vulnerabilities that children and families face, the ways that social protection can impact children even when not focused on them, and outlines principles and approaches for undertaking child sensitive social protection. The statement emerged from meetings and discussions between partners to consider and outline the importance of furthering social protection and ensuring it is child-sensitive.

Published Mar. 16, 2011 9:40 AM

This study compares the policy agendas on children('s rights) and youth of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations and identifies possible synergies. Focus is placed on those internal policy agendas of the organizations where a policy on children('s rights) or young people is the central objective; EU external policy is excluded from the analysis.

Published Feb. 9, 2011 9:33 AM

A ground-breaking framework for using evidence to improve outcomes in learning, behavior, and health for vulnerable children, co-authored by the members of the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs and the National Scientic Council on the Developing Child. 

Published Dec. 9, 2010 2:07 PM

Published in September 2010, this paper aims to inform the debate around achievement of the MDG Goals using evidence and analysis from Young Lives. Young Lives first collected data in 2002 and is following two cohorts of children. The youngest cohort of Young Lives children were born just after the new millennium and are growing up with the promise of the MDGs.  

Published Nov. 5, 2010 2:34 PM

This report seeks to set out the specific standards and principles that inform the international framework of protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration. It examines challenges in the practical implementation of this framework, and notes some best practices in terms of legislation, jurisprudence and joint efforts at the bilateral, regional and international levels. The report ends with conclusions and recommendations which aim to strengthen the implementation of the international framework and better protect the rights of the child in the context of migration.

Published Oct. 25, 2010 10:51 AM

High-quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) is now recognised as a core strategy for poverty reduction. There is evidence of high returns from ECCE investments, which can contribute to global policy priorities such as tackling child malnutrition, increasing children’s successful participation in school, and strengthening economic development. In short, by supporting children and families early in life well-delivered ECCE can help to interrupt the cycle of poverty.