During the week of October 1, a team of our experts led a technical training on quantitative data analysis, measuring the well-being and social inclusion of children with disabilities in Viet Nam. This training focused on the process of conducting the analysis and writing of the report, “Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities: An in-depth analysis of the Viet Nam National Surveys of People with Disabilities”.
Using Longitudinal evidence from Burundi, research fellow and social policy expert Nesha Ramful presented our study on Livelihood Programming, Gender Effects and Child Well-Being, during the session on Policies and Programming.
Chairing the session on Policies and Programming, our Director Dr. Chris De Neubourg delivered an introductory presentation on a paper focused on generational policy programming, holistic approaches to child development and multidimensional child poverty.
The level of maternal education has been isolated in some studies as the most important factor explaining differences in nutrition and health outcomes of children. However, this association relates to stunting only indirectly, via maternal behaviour (improved care practices and improved ability to benefit from nutrition-sensitive interventions).
Reshaping social protection systems in West and Central Africa is a daunting task as these countries face major institutional and financial constraints. Social protection was usually only usually recognized as having a role in poverty reduction in as much as it allows vulnerable people to maintain or improve their living standards.
Kenya, a country of many contrasts, from its landscape to demographics, and more so its social and economic inequalities, is now trailblazing in its efforts to monitor national progress in improving the wellbeing of all its citizens. Using UNICEF’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach, SPRI Global was delighted to once again collaborate with the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in facilitating Kenya’s efforts.
As the second most populous country in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies on the continent, Ethiopia is on track to bring millions out of poverty. This path requires an equity approach to ensure the most vulnerable populations receive the support required to participate in the country’s growth. Among these, girls and women face some of the hardest challenges, as there is a long history of gender inequality in Ethiopia, with poorer women and girls especially facing multiple disadvantages.
UNICEF AND ANTHROPOLOGY
The DNA of cultural-sensitivity in protecting and promoting child rights
by Victor P. Karunan
A central challenge for all international development agencies working in diverse cultural and social contexts in both North and South is cultural-sensitivity in the local environments in which they work and implement their programmes.
UNICEF Angola and the Ministry of Social Affairs, in partnership with a team of researchers from UCAN-CEIC, are in the process of defining and measuring national multidimensional child poverty, using UNICEF Innocenti’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology. SPRI Global members are supporting this endeavor through ongoing technical assistance and capacity building efforts.
Despite making great strides in transformation and development during the last two decades, South Africa continues to be plagued by poverty and inequality. While being ranked by the World Bank as an upper-middle income country, South Africa is judged by recent UNICEF data to be one of the most unequal societies in the world and its 19 million children bear the brunt of this disparity: A child growing up in the poorest home in South Africa is 17 times more likely to be hungry and 25 times less likely to be covered by medical schemes compared to a child growing up in the wealthiest household.
Engaging Theory and Evidence
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- Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Viet Nam
- ‘MODA on Stunting among children under 5 years in Lao PDR’ Report Now Available
- ISCI 2019: Livelihood Programming, Gender Effects and Child Well-Being
- ISCI 2019: Holistic Approaches to Child Development and Multidimensional Child Poverty
- ISCI 2019: Demystifying the Role of Maternal Education in Reducing Stunting
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