It has been over 4 years since the international community unanimously agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For millions of children, the extent to which the world delivers on the SDGs promise will determine the course of their lives – shaping the future of the planet they will inherit, affecting their chances of surviving in their early years, growing and thriving physically, learning and developing their minds to their full potential, and participating actively in their communities and the wider world.
The 7th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 27-29 August 2019 in the Dorpat Convention Centre in Tartu, Estonia, and we are happy to once again be part of it. What makes the conference special is the symbiosis of scientists, practitioners and policymakers who come together for one goal – to find better ways to increase child well-being.
Like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Lesotho faces significant challenges related to persistent poverty, poor outcomes and hindered development. In January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into effect to focus on strategic areas of development and to provide support for policymaking in achieving national development plans and policies. One strategic area of development is the alleviation of child poverty, which is reflected in SDG1, Target 1.2, aimed at reducing at least by half, by 2030, the proportion of children, men, and women living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
Poverty reduction is a national priority for the Government of Eswatini and SPRI Global was happy to support the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MEPD) and UNICEF Eswatini to measure and analyze the complexities of child poverty. The Poverty Reduction Monitoring and Evaluation Division under the MEPD, coordinates programs aimed at promoting inclusive growth resulting in poverty reduction as guided by the country strategy for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth (2022).
On April 2, 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between SPRI Global Director Chris De Neubourg and Thammasat University leadership in Bangkok, Thailand. According to the MoU, both organizations intend to strengthen their cooperation, especially in the field of social policy and social protection by collaborating on developing a set of professional capacity building courses and academic programs. Existing projects will be continued and new initiatives will be developed.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on the 8th of March and is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality. Progress and real development will only be possible if all people have equal rights and opportunities to thrive. Meeting that goal requires recognizing that women and girls face particular barriers and have different needs. And then taking deliberate steps so that no woman or girl is left behind, regardless of where she lives or how much she earns, or where she comes from.
Ethiopia has experienced an impressive rate of economic growth during the last decade. Yet despite this high economic growth and its translation, by some extent, into social welfare improvements, the development process has not equally benefited the most vulnerable groups: Thirteen million children are estimated to live in poor households in Ethiopia, two million of whom live in extreme poverty. To escape the vicious circle of poverty and pave the way for achieving its vision to reach the level of middle income nation by 2025, Ethiopia has committed to deepening its understanding of the multiple dimensions of child poverty.
We are happy to contribute to The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth’s (IPC-IG) latest Policy in Focus issue, which presents a collection of 15 articles from leading scholars, researchers and policy practitioners, shedding light on the key challenges of promoting social protection programs for children.
Monday November 12 saw the beginning of Morocco’s first National Conference on Social Protection (Assises Nationales de la Protection Sociale). Its aim was to address the the lack of effectiveness and efficiency of the 120 active social protection programs, and to give the large number of specialists and stakeholders in attendance a forum to discuss concrete recommendations for a major overhaul of social protection in Morocco.
Burundi is ranked 167 out of 177 countries in the 2008 Human Development Index (based on 2005 data), and its infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in Africa. Though government increased funding for free basic education, challenges remain in terms of quality of education and rising drop-out rates as a result of household hunger. Poor funding of the health sector threatens the free delivery services for pregnant women and free medical care for children under five years of age that were declared by the government in 2006.
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