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Editor's note

Our latest report “Protected on paper” reviews to what extent the rights of asylum-seeking children in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are being protected. Advances in adolescent brain neuroscience is the subject of a compendium presenting emerging findings from eight experts. Our social protection team has published papers on impacts of cash transfer programmes on intimate partner violence and on policy implications in Malawi. From our child protection team a paper on lessons learned delivering parenting programmes in South Africa was published and from our adolescent well-being project a review of laws and policies for adolescents in South Asia became available. Catch up on a number of thoughtful blogs from our researchers offering important evidence insights. We hope you enjoy this quarterly round-up of the latest research and related events at UNICEF Innocenti. Please share our newsletter and let us know what we can do better.


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Asylum-seeking children in Nordic countries face significant gaps in protection and access to services
Protected on Paper? An analysis of Nordic country responses to asylum-seeking children, reviews relevant national legislative and policy frameworks in in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It examines how these are implemented; documents good practices; and highlights gaps in national standards and their compliance to international standards.
Adolescent Girls Tanzania - adolescent brain article
The Adolescent Brain: A Second Window of Opportunity

In this new compendium, eight experts in adolescent neuroscience present emerging findings from their research. Advances in neuroscience reveal that the adolescent brain is still a work in progress, offering a crucial second window of opportunity to influence the development of children in their second decade of life.

Intimate partner violence
A mixed-method review of cash transfers and intimate partner violence in low and middle-income countries

There is increasing evidence that cash transfer programmes decrease intimate partner violence; however, little is known about how cash transfers achieve this impact. This paper presents results from a mixed method review of studies in low- and middle-income countries. Out of fourteen quantitative and nine qualitative studies meeting the inclusion criteria, eleven and six respectively demonstrated evidence that cash decreased intimate partner violence.

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Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme: A comprehensive summary of impacts

This brief provides a comprehensive summary of the main impacts and related policy implications generated by Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme between 2013 and 2015, including positive impacts on poverty, income multipliers, food security, productivity, education and health

Parenting, Family Care and Adolescence in East and Southern Africa: An evidence-focused literature review
Delivering a Parenting Programme in Rural South Africa: The Local Child and Youth Care Worker Experience
This paper explores the experiences and perception of local child and youth care workers, who were trained to deliver the parenting programme in vulnerable, semi-rural communities. This publication makes recommendations on how to improve the programme for scale-up, in South Africa and beyond
Realizing an Enabling Environment for Adolescent Well-being: An inventory of laws and policies for adolescents in South Asia

This paper takes stock of legal and policy frameworks for adolescents in the eight countries of South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The eight countries display a rich diversity of cultural, historical, political, social and economic institutions, which is reflected in their national legal and policy frameworks for adolescents.


Stockholm solutions summit
‘Solutions Summit’ Highlights Need for Research to End Violence by 2030
The summit in Stockholm was organized to build political will, accelerating action, and engaging collaboration to end violence by 2030. Mary Catherine Maternowska, a former senior research and evaluation specialist at UNICEF Innocenti, oversaw the content for the summit in Stockholm, working closely with counterparts in the Swedish Government and the Childfund Alliance
Argentina Child internet use
Global Kids Online evidence spurs policy change in Argentina
UNICEF Argentina, with the support of the Ipsos MORI agency, carried out a Global Kids Online study which was completed in mid-2016. The survey of 1,106 adolescents aged 13 to 18 years showed that 3 in 4 experience something upsetting, with the most common negative incidents being related to receiving unpleasant and disturbing messages
Shuli Gilutz
Researchers and designers convene to create ‘designing for children’ guide
The 48-hour event, co-hosted by UNICEF Finland and Elisa, took place 19-21 January 2018. Researchers and usability designers from around the world were invited to present on child privacy and digital rights and to work together to create a set of principles in the form of a guide for ethical design for children’s rights.





  • Visit of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 3 April
  •  Move to the new premises,  9-20 April
  • Report Card advisory board, 19 April
  • Chatham House/Innocenti event on children on the move, London, 23-27 April
  • Visit of the High School of Acharne students, Greece, 27 April
  • Research Management Training in Myanmar 30 April - 3 May


  • UNICEF Training Ethics in Evidence Generation, 10th May
  • Research Management Training for ECARO, Belgrade 14 May -17 May
  • DREAM annual UNICEF meeting co-organized by KM, New Delhi 28 May - 1 June


  • International Conference on Forced Migration, Copenhagen 11-14 June
  • Evidence for Children Roundtable in New York,  27-28 June