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
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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.
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.
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.
NEWS AND EVENTS
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.
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
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
LATEST 'EVIDENCE FOR ACTION' BLOGS
- Do the seven kingdoms of Westeros need seven measures of child deprivation?
- Nobody will answer you if you talk: The case for research on trafficking in emergencies
- Adolescent girls in Europe and Canada at higher risk of multidimensional poverty than boys
- What is gender socialization and why does it matter?
- Youth engagement as a pathway to peace
INNOCENTI VIDEOS & PODCASTS
- Marino Bustamante’s story: Teachers working to end violence in Peru
- Child migration and the law: Status, detention and court proceedings
- Measuring the impact of cash transfers for mother baby health
COMING SOON ...
ESARO Regional Research Management Training, Lusaka, Zambia, 6 – 13 October
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