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Janet Yuen-Ha Wong; Abraham Ka-Chung Wai; Man Ping Wang (et al.)
Alexander Ryan Levesque; Sarah MacDonald; · Selinda Adelle Berg (et al.)
Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise; Terra Léger‑Goodes; Geneviève A. Mageau (et al.)
Santiago Cueto; Alula Pankhurst; Renu Singh
Over the last two decades, there has been evidence of significant
improvements in the overall living standards of Young Lives families.
Young people are substantially better off than their parents and have
aspirations for social mobility, despite the impact of persistent
inequalities undermining educational outcomes and the chances of getting
a decent job. New research from the Young Lives COVID-19 phone survey in Ethiopia,
India, Peru, and Vietnam paints a worrying picture of how the economic
and social impact of COVID-19 lockdowns and related restrictions could
not only halt progress made over the last two generations, but could
also reverse life chances and entrench existing inequalities for many
young people, hitting those living in poor communities hardest.
Jacqueline M. Burgette; Robert J. Weyant; Anna Ettinger
Purnima K. Jindal; Manoj Kumar Suryawanshi; Rajeev Kumar
Omolade O. Akinsanya; Olusegun S. Olaniyi; Peter O. Oshinyadi
Christina M. Rodriguez; Shawna J. Lee; Kaitlin P. Ward (et al.)
Mortuza Ahmmed; Ashraful Babu; Jannatul Ferdosy
Liliana Marcos Barba; Hilde van Regenmortel; Ellen Ehmke
As 2020 draws to a close, the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of abating. Without urgent action, global poverty and inequality will deepen dramatically. Hundreds of millions of people have already lost their jobs, gone further into debt or skipped meals for months. Research by Oxfam and Development Pathways shows that over 2 billion people have had no support from their governments in their time of need. This study shows that none of the social protection support to those who are unemployed, elderly people, children and families provided in low- and middle-income countries has been adequate to meet basic needs. 41% of that government support was only a one-off payment and almost all government support has now stopped. Decades of social policy focused on tiny levels of means-tested support have left most countries completely unprepared for the COVID-19 economic crisis. Yet, countries such as South Africa and Bolivia have shown that a universal approach to social protection is affordable, and that it has a profound impact on reducing inequality and protecting those who need it most.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have predicted that the social
and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic will have a significant
impact on the well-being of families with children and adolescents in
Latin America and the Caribbean. Even before the COVID-19 crisis,
children and adolescents were already a highly vulnerable population
group, suffering a higher incidence of poverty than other age groups and
affected by numerous inequalities in various dimensions. Not only does
the current emergency threaten families with the loss of their
livelihoods and a drop in their incomes, children and adolescents also
face significant barriers in securing access to health care —including
vaccination schemes— and to education. Thus, they are also at a higher
risk of falling behind or dropping out of school, as well as at risk
from food insecurity and threats of violence or physical punishment. It
is therefore urgent to invest in children and to ensure their
development in a context characterized by adversities old and new.
Navneet Kaur Manchanda
Biplap Nandi; Andreas Schultz; Minke H. Huibers (et al.)
This report investigates how COVID-19 and other shocks have impacted child well-being in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) during 2020 and the potential role of cash transfers and external resources to help children and economies. It reviews the latest social, economic and financial information from a range of global databases and modelling exercises, draws on emerging country-level reporting and carries out projections where recent data are unavailable. Although information remains incomplete and things are quickly evolving, the outlook is alarming.
Dominic Richardson; Alessandro Carraro; Victor Cebotari; Anna Gromada
UNICEF Innocenti's Children and COVID-19 Library is a database collecting research from around the world on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and adolescents.
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