New research looks at how to improve family-friendly policies in South Asia
7 September 2021 - New research out today addresses what family-friendly policies look like in the South Asian context, where female labor force participation is very low and more than 90 per cent of workers are in the informal sector or under informal employment. Done in support and collaboration with UNICEF’s regional office in South Asia, UNICEF Innocenti’s new working paper considers how family-friendly policies can be responsive to the particular characteristics and circumstances of countries in the region – including multi-generation families, family units built around adolescent mothers (and sometimes fathers), and migration for work both within and outside countries. The research also tackles the question of how family-friendly policies might need to evolve in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The associated advocacy brief: Reaching more families, benefiting more children and package of country reports identifies gaps and opportunities for family friendly policies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Social protection for children not adequate according to new World Social Protection report
A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) provides a global overview of progress made around the world over the past decade in extending social protection and building rights-based social protection systems, in the context of COVID-19, and with input from UNICEF Innocenti on social protection gaps and opportunities for children.
(26 August 2021) Showcasing the awe, excitement, uncertainty, and troubles of childhood, the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival (UIFF) returns to Florence and online this October. 31 films from 26 countries depicting narratives of childhood will be shown, accompanied with dialogues between the film makers and UNICEF experts.
Past crises offer solutions to the mental health fallout of COVID-19
(29 July 2021, FLORENCE) From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about its impact on the mental health of children and young people were widespread. While the evidence is still emerging, there are many signs it could be severe and widespread. Faced with a potential “pandemic within a pandemic”, evidence-informed responses are urgently needed to support mental health. A new report by UNICEF Innocenti, ‘Mind Matters: Lessons from past crises for child and adolescent mental health during COVID-19’, reviews the impact of past crises (such as natural disasters and the HIV epidemic) on youth mental health with the aim of informing responses to the current crisis.
Affordable, quality childcare inaccessible in many of world’s wealthiest countries
NEW YORK and FLORENCE, 15 June 2021 – Affordable, quality childcare is inaccessible in some of the world’s wealthiest countries, according to a new report published today by UNICEF. Luxembourg, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Germany rank the highest on childcare provisions among high-income countries. The United States, Slovakia, Australia, Cyprus, and Switzerland rank the lowest.
(31 May 2021) The COVID-19 pandemic dominated the landscape for UNICEF Innocenti’s work in 2020, bringing both opportunities and disruptions. The pandemic has underscored the power of utilizing research and evidence in addressing crisis and uncertainty, and in finding solutions to tough global challenges.
Opportunities emerged in the shape of a Rapid Research Response to assess the pandemic’s impact on children, utilizing evidence syntheses, rapid assessment tools and agile communication modalities. In turn, thousands of users were empowered to gain access to UNICEF Innocenti’s research, knowledge management, ethical advice and convening power.
Children’s voices critical for effective migration response
(13 April 2021) A new study highlights the importance of reframing the experience of children and young people based on their own motivations and lived experiences in order to adequately protect their rights. UNICEF Innocenti’s new report Reimagining Migration Responses: Learning from children and young people who move in the Horn of Africa captures the experiences of 1,290 migrant children and young people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan in an effort to paint a more accurate picture of migration in the region.
Joining forces to develop a research agenda on intersections of violence against children and violence against women
(8 April 2021) There is growing global recognition of the intersections between violence against women and violence against children. Currently there is insufficient interaction between these fields, and evidence on interventions to address these linkages is limited. It is vital to identify knowledge/evidence gaps to address the intersections of these two forms of violence in order to strengthen prevention and response programming to achieve the best outcomes for both women and children.
Pre-pandemic data show 1 in 8 countries spends more on debt than on education, health and social protection combined – UNICEF
FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 1 April 2021 – Around 1 in 8 countries globally spends more on debt than on social services, according to a UNICEF report released today. COVID-19 and the Looming Debt Crisis notes that 25 countries globally – the majority of them already burdened by poverty and deprivation – spent a higher proportion of total government expenditure on debt service in 2019 than they did on education, health and social protection combined. Global efforts are needed to protect social spending, and with it the right of every child to social security, education and health services, says the report.
UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival returns for its second edition in 2021
(19 March 2021) In recognition of the power of film to spark dialogue and new thinking about children, we inaugurated the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival (UIFF) on the theme, “Growing up. Stories from around the world” in 2019. Through our celebration of global cinema on childhood we discovered a rich and diverse body of work with the potential to spark deep thinking about the issues children face around the world.
Nutrition crisis looms as more than 39 billion in-school meals missed since start of pandemic – UNICEF and WFP
(28 January 2021) More than 39 billion in-school meals have been missed globally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic due to school closures, according to a new report released today by the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti and the World Food Programme (WFP). COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom notes that 370 million children worldwide – many of whom are reliant on school meals as a key source of their daily nutrition – have missed 40 per cent of in-school meals, on average, since COVID-19 restrictions shuttered classrooms.
Call for Papers on Singularity and Diversity in Child, Early and Forced Marriage
(3 February 2021) UNICEF Innocenti’s Child Rights and Protection team is collaborating with guest editors from across the globe to develop a Supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health focusing on child, early and forced marriage. We invite you to submit papers according to the details below.