Seven briefs for seven adolescent research challenges
On behalf of the Lancet Commission and the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, I am very pleased to announce the birth of a new series of seven briefs on how to conduct research with adolescents in low- and middle- income countries.
Investigating the drivers of violence affecting children in Viet Nam
A couple of years ago the view of the perfectly terraced rice paddy fields of Viet Nam from my airplane window seemed both beautiful and unnerving. Like most Americans of my generation the violent conflict that engulfed this region in the 60s and 70s still evoked powerful feelings.
Famines and stunting: Are adolescents the hardest hit?
The UN recently raised a red flag that we are heading for one of the worst humanitarian crises since 1945. 20 million people in four countries – South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria – face the risk of famine. The world could witness horrors again.
Is longitudinal research the best response to the ‘post-truth’ order?
Longitudinal studies are an irreplaceable resource for understanding trajectories, transitions and shocks over time. Undeniably, the UK leads the world in tracking the life course of its citizens through longitudinal research.
The social realities of making evidence matter in development
Knowledge and evidence for policy and practice matters in any context. But critical scrutiny of the evidence to policy process is particularly important in development contexts, where knowledge is often produced or brokered by external actors.
Can researchers and journalists find a common language?
Main stream media outlets are facing threats from all sides. Often criticised as sensationalist, news media preoccupation with scandal, corruption and violence is increasingly being called into question.
From a human face to human emotion: valuing feelings in development
Thirty years ago UNICEF reminded the world that development had a human face. Making up for the “lost decade” of the Eighties did not have to be funded through macroeconomic management, debt service or growth recovery alone. How relevant that reminder continues to be today.