HARNESSING GLOBALISATION FOR CHILDREN: A report to UNICEF*

edited by Giovanni Andrea Cornia**







* The papers included in this study present the views of their authors and not those of UNICEF.

** The project which has generated the papers included in this study was started in 1999 in the Evaluation and Policy Planning Division of UNICEF's Headquarters under the leadership of Eva Jespersen and Jan Vandermoortele. Following their transfer to new positions in UNICEF and UNDP respectively, the co-ordination of the project was transferred to Giovanni Andrea Cornia of the University of Florence who took care of its continuation, recasting and finalisation. The completion of the project would not have been possible without the strong support provided by Eva Jespersen who - besides managing the project in its initial phase - played an important role in the finalisation of the papers by Sadasivam and Richter-Satow. She also provided many suggestions on other papers and the overall structure of the report. Comments on earlier drafts of papers in this compilation by Nick Drager, Kul Gautam, Mehr Khan, Richard Morgan, David Parker, Sadig Rashid, André Robertfroid, Frances Stewart, Kiari Liman Tinguiri, Kevin Watkins and David Woodward are gratefully acknowledged. The papers were peer-reviewed during meeting held at UNICEF-IRC, Florence, on 23-25 April 2001. The project benefited from the generous financial contribution of the German National Committee for UNICEF.



Title page and contents (pdf)

Table of contents

Executive summary

Introduction
Giovanni Andrea Cornia

          Part I: Overview of the study and main policy proposals

  1. Harnessing Globalisation for Children: Main Findings and Policy-Programme Proposals
    Giovanni Andrea Cornia

    Part II: Changes in child wellbeing in the era of globalisation: main global trends

  2. The Pace and Distribution of Gains in Child Wellbeing over 1980-2000: Some Preliminary Results
    Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Leonardo Menchini
  3. Mind the Gap!: Child Mortality Differentials by Income Group
    Alberto Minujin and Enrique Delamonica
  4. Source of Child Poverty Changes during the Globalisation Era
    Giovanni Andrea Cornia
  5. Financial Globalisation and Child Wellbeing
    Valpy FitzGerald
  6. Globalisation and Child Labour
    Alessandro Cigno, Furio C. Rosati and Lorenzo Guarcello

    Part III: Trends in child wellbeing in the era of globalisation: selected case studies

  7. Child Poverty and Wellbeing in China in the Era of Economic Reforms and External Opening
    Lu Aiguo and Wei Zhong
  8. Liberalisation, Poverty-led Growth and Child Rights: Ecuador over 1980-2000
    Daniel Badillo, Leonardo Garnier, Jorge Enrique Vargas and Fernando Carrera with the assistance of Yoriko Yasukawa, VerĂ³nica Quintero and Consuelo Carranza
  9. Financial Instability and Child Wellbeing: a Comparative Analysis of the Impact of the Asian Crisis and of Social Policy Response in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea
    Gamini Abeysekera and Sauwalak Kittiprapas

    Part IV: Public Policies to Harness Globalisation for Children

  10. A Macroeconomic Policy for Children in the Era of Globalisation
    Stefan de Vylder
  11. Liberalisation of Utilities and Children's Right to Basic Services: Some Evidence from Latin America
    Cecilia Ugaz
  12. New Approaches to Harnessing Technological Progress for Children
    C. P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh
  13. In the best Interest of the Child: International Regulation of Transnational Corporations
    Judith Richter with Elizabeth Satow
  14. Policies to Protect Children from and during War
    Frances Stewart and Jo Boyden
  15. Widening Women's Choices: The Case for Childcare in the Era of Globalisation
    Bharati Sadasivam