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Peru VAC impact story

Editor's note

We’ve had a busy third quarter at UNICEF Innocenti. An innovative research impact assessment explored the role that Innocenti’s work on drivers of violence in Peru played in national policymaking. Our social policy team recently produced two important papers: an analysis of links between women’s asset ownership and intimate partner violence, and an examination of data from three countries to identify higher level impacts related to cash plus interventions. A new ‘bite-sized’ research brief based on the popular myth-busting common perceptions about cash transfers paper is now out. We have also released the full “Children of Austerity” volume in electronic form. Our UNICEF Connect bloggers have been active with a special nod to a post making use of an amusing Game of Thrones analogy to explain the importance of locally defined measures of child deprivation. As always, we would appreciate your asking colleagues and partners to subscribe to our newsletter on any page of our website. Thanks and enjoy.


Women asset ownership 1
How does women’s asset ownership affect the experience of intimate partner violence: a look at data from 28 countries
Intimate partner violence is widespread globally. Asset ownership is one measure of economic empowerment, and can potentially convey substantial agency as a wealth store, especially for large productive assets, such as agricultural land or home ownership. Despite the need for evidence on effective policies and programmes for reducing IPV existing evidence on the relationship between asset ownership and IPV is scarce.
Peru VAC
University of Edinburgh study measures impact of research on drivers of violence affecting children in Peru
The impact assessment found that the multi-partner, relationships-driven approach of the Multi-Country Study helped to maximize impact in Peru. The assessment also found that national ownership of the research process was important in ensuring that the findings were context-specific and reflective of the country’s geographic diversity and multi-culturalism, and also helped ensure national ownership and data sovereignty.
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How to make ‘cash plus’ work: linking cash transfers to services and sectors
While cash transfers alone have contributed to numerous positive impacts in reducing poverty and promoting well-being, the provision of cash alone may fall short in achieving long-term positive impacts on nutrition, learning, and morbidity. ‘Cash plus’ programmes aim to rectify this impact gap by complementing cash transfers with additional inputs, services, and linkages to other services in order to more effectively achieve successful outcomes and ensure long-term sustainability.
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Swaziland issues a major report on the drivers of violence affecting children
A comprehensive qualitative study exploring the drivers of violence affecting children in Swaziland aims to shed light on why violence against children is happening and to make recommendations on what can be done to prevent it.
Cash Transfers versus ideology
What does the evidence say about common myths surrounding cash transfers
Six common misperceptions associated with cash transfers are investigated in a new research brief using data from eight rigorous evaluations of government unconditional cash transfer programmes across seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The evidence refutes each claim. Perpetuated in policy debates, these innacurate perceptions undermine well-being improvements and poverty reduction, in Africa and globally.
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Children of austerity: Impact of the great recession on child poverty in rich countries
The 2008 financial crisis triggered the worst global recession since the Great Depression. This new book, now available in full for free, underlines that countries with fragmented social protection systems were less able to protect the incomes of households with children at the time when unemployment soared. In contrast, countries with more comprehensive social protection cushioned the impact of the crisis on households with children, especially if they had implemented fiscal stimulus packages at the onset of the crisis.


GKO research in Philippines
Going the extra mile to gather data on child internet use in the Philippines
UNICEF Philippines is currently undertaking a national survey of child internet use based on the ‘Global Kids Online’ cross-national research toolkit. In order to ensure young children's engagement, emphasis was placed on hiring young researchers with whom children would find it easier to establish rapport. In some cases, the fieldwork researchers have to undertake great efforts to reach secluded areas.
Refugee family arriving in Mosul, Iraq
Trafficking for sexual exploitation in emergencies: The time to act is now
One of the most neglected issues in emergencies, trafficking is usually viewed as a pre-existing problem and not as a direct consequence of conflict or natural disaster. Its hidden nature leaves underlying drivers not well understood, and the issue largely unaddressed in emergencies However, humanitarian crises tend to exacerbate pre-existing exposure to abuse and exploitation, introducing new risks and threats especially for women and girls.
Public finance workshop (group) 2
UNICEF staff from 62 countries train to improve public budgeting and finance for children
The workshop aimed to enhance staff knowledge on public budgeting and finance management and to build skills to advocate, design, and oversee technical support for publicly financed programmes for children. The workshops are part of a broader training mandate to educate programme and management staff to make public resources work more effectively for children.





  • ESARO Regional Research Management Training, Lusaka, Zambia, 6 – 13 October
  • Preparing Educators for Peacebuilding in Violent Conflicts Symposium, Florence, Italy, 16 – 18 October
  • Putting children first: identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 – 25 October
  • Global Adolescent Network Meeting, Florence, Italy, 23 – 25 October
  • World Congress on Adolescent Health, Delhi, India, 27 – 29 October
  • Adolescence and Famines seminar, Florence, Italy, 26 – 31 October


  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 October – 4 November
  • Humanitarian Evidence Week, London, UK, 6 – 10 November
  • IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 14 – 16 November
  • Evidence Symposium: Adolescents & Youth in Middle East and North Africa – Building Evidence, Policies and Partnerships for Action, Amman, Jordan, 21 – 22 November
  • Launch of The Adolescent Brain: A second window of opportunity, TBA
  • Launch of Best of UNICEF Research 2017, Florence, Italy, TBA


  • Launch of State of the World’s Children: Growing up in a digital era, New York, USA, 7 December TBC
  • Adolescent Lives: Cross-disciplinary, cross-national and critical perspectives, UCL, London, UK, 12 December