Innocenti convenes world experts in Florence to explore research and policy issues facing children

2014

Family and parenting support: policies, practice and outcomes

© UNICEF/NYHQ2005-1162/LeMoyne - Yaprak, 10, stands with her younger sister and brother and her mother on the porch of their home in the village of Karaali in Ankara Province. Yaprak attends a 'child-friendly' school, together with all the girls in the village. Today is the last day of school and she is wearing a red velvet dress to celebrate. Yaprak's father works for a local landowner in exchange for the house and a small stipend.

Rapid growth of family support programmes calls for accelerated research agenda

2014


Expert Consultation on Family and Parenting Support, Press release
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Cohort and Longitudinal Research

©UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1549/Guiara - Child’s View- Laughing children run out of their classroom at recess in a primary school in Bangui, the capital. The photograph was taken by Tatiana Guiara, 10, one of 15 children who participated in a UNICEF-organized photography workshop for children who currently live, or previously lived, on the streets.

Cohort and Longitudinal Research

2014


Cohort and longitudinal studies have unique potential to improve understanding of the dynamic processes that shape child development. They bring a life-course perspective to analysis, with a potential to respond to specific questions about children’s developmental trajectories.

You can experience the Symposium as if you had attended it yourself by viewing presentation slides accompanied by digital recordings of presenter’s remarks.


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Archived conferences

2011

The situation of children in transition countries (CEE/CIS region)

©Capital's Eye, Moscow/2000 - Village Krutchevka, farmer's children are looking from the window, June 2000

Child Poverty and Child Well-being in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

2011


The countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) have experienced systemic and dramatic change since 1989 - change that has had a direct impact on the lives of ordinary people and their children. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the beginning of the transition from centrally planned to market economies, catapulted the region into a new era of political, economic and social reform. While in some respects, most of the economic and social reforms introduced after 1989 were unavoidable, desirable and indispensable, the social and political costs were far greater than anticipated.


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2010

Social norms, harmful practices and behavioural change

©UNICEF /2004 - Senegal: Ourey Sall (on the left) and her assistant, during a public declaration ceremony, UNICEF/2004

Selected Resources on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

2010


Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in understanding the factors that perpetuate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and other harmful practices, as well as the processes that encourage their abandonment.

UNICEF IRC has develop a study to analyze the nature and implications of social norms and how they promote or limit the well-being of children and the realization of their rights.

The study looks at highly promising approaches being used to support social change (around FGM) and how these strategies are being implemented in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and Sudan.

The following bibliography offers an overview of some of the main resources that IRC has collected during the preparation of the Multicountry study on FGM/C.


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Other international standards for children

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Thematic Consultation for the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents

2010


As a contribution to the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents organized by the Government of Brazil from 25-28 November in Rio de Janeiro, the Government of Italy and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre are organizing a thematic Consultation on Theme 5 of the Congress "International Cooperation for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: the Role of International Actors and Donors".
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Children and transitional justice

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Conference on Children and Transitional Justice

2010


In 2007, the Expert Paper Series on Children and Transitional Justice was launched by UNICEF IRC, working closely with a wide range of experts, including within UNICEF Headquarters, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and numerous academic institutions, in order to encourage further research and analysis of key issues and case studies related to children and transitional justice.
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Other international standards for children

©UNICEF/HQ97-0939/Jeremy Horner - PHILIPPINES: A girl sits, her face covered in the latticed shadows cast by a wire fence, outside the UNICEF-assisted Nayon Kabataan Rehabilitation Centre for street children and victims of child labour and physical abuse in Manila, the capital.

Expert Consultation on International Standards and Sexual Exploitation

2010


The Consultation builds upon commitments undertaken at the previous two World Congresses and the UN Study on Violence Against Children. It will anticipate the discussion of the World Congress Theme 2 "Legal Framework and Enforcement" and provide a platform for expert debate on the implementation of international standards and the development of national legal frameworks and their enforcement. Particular attention will be given to the CRC and its Optional Protocols and key regional instruments and standards.
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Governance and financing of early childhood development services

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Early Childhood Development: The Role of the State

2010


Quality early childhood education and care services, also referred to as early childhood development (ECD) services, are widely acknowledged as playing an important role in the overall education and care of young children. They provide an ‘umbrella’ for a regular monitoring of the health and nutrition status of children at a critical period of growth.
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Children and transitional justice

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Children and Transitional Justice

2010


The world has witnessed a growing threat of armed conflicts and 'internal wars' over the past 15 years. Children are among those most affected and, in many instances, they have been targeted for killings, disappearances, under-age recruitment, sexual violence, torture and other grave violations of their fundamental rights.
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Other international standards for children

©UNICEF IRC /2008 - Left - Right: Lena Karlsson, UNICEF IRC; Nevena Vuckovic Sahovic, Committee on the Rights of the Child; Marta Santos Pais, UNICEF IRC; Athanassia Sykiotou,  Democretus University of Thrace

Expert Consultation on Child Trafficking

2010


The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre is hosting a series of thematic expert consultations on child trafficking and child sex tourism, in preparation for the World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents to be held in Brazil in November 2008. The consultations are organized in close cooperation with UNICEF’s Child Protection section in New York, and with the support of UNICEF TACRO and Brazil.
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Independent human rights institutions for children

©UNICEF IRC/2007 - A clay model representing diversity, created by some of the children at San Rossore

Global Research on Ombuds for Children

2010


A growing movement for the development of Ombuds for Children has emerged in the past several years. National Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children, or 'Ombuds for Children', 'Child Advocates', 'Commissioners', 'Défenseurs', 'Defensorías' etc. are institutions whose role is to monitor the actions of governments and other actors, promote children's rights, and offer a space for dialogue between children and the State.
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Household responses to poverty

©UNICEF/ HQ04-0737/Jim Holmes - LAO PEOPLE S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: People prepare to cross the Mekong River into neighbouring Thailand in small boats, at an official border crossing in southern Lao PDR

Migration and Children

2010


Over the past few decades, migration - both international and internal - has increased dramatically. Easier travel, greater access to information about distant places, relatives and friends who have migrated and the opportunities for improving living standards all have fuel movements of individuals and families.
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Children and transitional justice

©UNICEF Sierra Leone - Children of Sierra Leone reaching out for peace

Expert Discussion on Children and Transitional Justice

2010


In 2007, the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC), working closely with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and UNICEF Headquarters, initiated an Expert Paper Series on Children and Transitional Justice. The Series is intended to encourage further research and analysis on a number of key issues related to children and transitional justice. Topics have been identified in an ongoing dialogue with practitioners, legal experts, academics and colleagues from civil society, including children and young people.
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