Innocenti’s publications contribute to global debate on issues related to children. Browse the catalogue for a listing of current and past titles.

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Social Networks and Risk Management in Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme

Inconsistent and unpredictable flow of cash transfers can impact the results of the LEAP programme and its evaluation. The programme did not lead to an increase in consumption, but household debt was reduced and loans repayment improved. Informal social networks gained in strength and reinforced social cohesion and protection helping to reduce risks at the local level.

Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: What we know and what we need to know

This paper aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the impacts of cash transfer programmes on the immediate and underlying determinants of child nutrition, including the most recent evidence from impact evaluations across sub-Saharan Africa. The paper finds that the evidence to date on the immediate determinants of child nutrition is mixed with respect to whether cash transfers can positively impact growth-related outcomes among children, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Infanzia e ricerca agli Innocenti: 25 anni di impegno dell'UNICEF

Nel 1987 il Governo italiano ed il Consiglio di Amministrazione di UNICEF presero insieme una decisione lungimirante: aprire un Centro studi nel quale portare avanti ricerche sulle questioni che incidono sulla vita dei minori. E aprirlo a Firenze. Lo Spedale degli Innocenti, con alle spalle cinque secoli di storia, accolse con entusiasmo l’idea di ospitare questa inedita collaborazione ed una nuova cultura iniziò a radicarsi, la “cultura di cura dell’infanzia”.

Governance and Policy Coordination: The case of birth registration in Ghana

Coordination is a significant issue for the study of governance. Policy and practice in even the most specialized area often have implications or involve relationships beyond the sector, let alone relationships between different units or tiers of administration within the policy area itself. This research explores coordination through the lens of civil registration and vital statistics, with particular reference to birth registration.

Cash Transfers and Climate-resilient Development: Evidence from Zambia’s Child Grant Programme

Many of the coping strategies the rural poor use to cope with failed harvests and other negative income shocks, such as reducing food consumption, selling off productive assets, and pulling children out of school, can mire households in poverty traps – the self-reinforcing conditions that cause poverty to persist. This study investigates whether cash transfers enable households facing weather and other negative shocks to avoid coping strategies that lead to poverty traps.

Is there Catch-Up Growth? Evidence from Three Continents

The ability to correct deficiencies in early childhood malnutrition, what is known as catch-up growth, has widespread consequences for economic and social development. This paper investigates whether nutritional status at early age affects nutritional status a few years later among children using panel data from China, South Africa and Nicaragua.

The Impact of Zambia’s Unconditional Child Grant on Schooling and Work: Results from a large-scale social experiment

This paper reports the impact on child schooling and work of the Government of Zambia’s Child Grant Programme (CGP), an unconditional cash transfer programme targeted to households with children aged under 3 years in three districts of the country. The impacts reported here lead to the conclusion that unconditional cash transfers in Africa have significant positive impacts on children’s human capital.

Child Poverty and Deprivation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: National Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (N-MODA)

This study provides the first estimates of national multidimensional child deprivation rates in Bosnia and Herzegovina using the National Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) pioneered by UNICEF. Amongst the findings of the analysis, it is seen that a reduction in child poverty and deprivation may be achieved by improving both the spending power of households and the availability of services/infrastructure in local areas.

Children and Research at Innocenti: 25 Years of UNICEF Commitment

An account of 25 years of research to improve the situation of children in all countries of the world and brief account of the history of Ospedale where the Office of Research is housed. Former directors and researchers contribute to provide an overview of research for children today.

2014 Results Report

The Office of Research saw continued consolidation of achievement, and significant growth and development of the research practice in 2014. Facilitated by sizeable new grants, the Office expanded the breadth of projects, developed depth within existing research areas and, importantly, formed linkages across different dimensions of research on children’s well-being. This Report illustrates the Office’s programmes, progress and targets.

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