In the quest for eradicating child poverty, a one-track focus on empowering vulnerable children that does not consider family circumstances and community contexts is likely to be ineffective at best and harmful at worst.
In order to make a difference for the poorest children, policy-makers must first understand what differentiates their lives from those of children who are less poor and why they are particularly hard to reach. This blog explores some of the characteristics of extreme poverty, such as shame and stigmatisation, separation of children from their families, lack of civil registration for several reasons, and lack of access to education and health care.
Expanding cash transfers for children could offer a way to achieving the SDG goals of eradicating extreme child poverty and halving multidimensional child poverty. But does a universal cash grant (UCG), offer an effective way of getting there?
Here are six areas and some key questions that we need to understand better.
Around the world, the shame felt by those enduring extreme economic hardship can become a trap. Only when policymakers grasp that dignity and self-respect are prerequisites in the struggle against privation – rather than outcomes of its alleviation – will the world have a fighting chance to eradicate poverty in all its forms. Read Keetie Roelen's blog.
In this blog Christian Oldiges of OPHI reflects on one of the many discussion points of the "Putting Children First" conference, that of the basic but important principle that child poverty is multidimensional in nature. Drawing on real world examples of how governments can easily apply the Alkire-Foster (AF) method to identify multidimensionally poor children and compute Child Multidimensional Poverty Indices (C-MPIs) to guide policy making
Talking with unemployed young people in Africa about their efforts to find work is often dispiriting; sometimes it is heart-rending. A quest for good (or any) employment features strongly in so many young peoples’ stories. But is the ‘mobile phone’ turning this quest around?
Blog by Professor Gina Porter
Between 2012 and 2015, Save the Children conducted nine HEA and six Cost of the Diet studies from 12 livelihood zones and five countries (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines) which provide a detailed and unique insight into the livelihoods and choices of poor households in a number of locations across Asia.