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Artur Borkowski

Consultant (Former title)

Artur joined the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti in December 2018. He is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of Sport for Development for Children, and previously worked on the role and prevalence of private education in South Asia. His research interests span: education, migration, child wellbeing, mental health, and multidimensional poverty and inequality. He also has a strong interest in climate change and environmental issues. Artur has a PhD in Business and Development from King’s College London where his thesis examined public-private partnerships in delivering education and training in Mozambique. Before joining UNICEF, he worked as a research assistant and data analyst at King’s College London. He has also worked as a consultant for CEQ, and has contributed to papers for the UNDP.

Publications

COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition
Publication Publication

COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition

In 2019, 135 million people in 55 countries were in food crises or worse, and 2 billion people did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. COVID-19 has exacerbated these hardships and may result in an additional 121 million people facing acute food insecurity by the end of 2020. Further, since the beginning of the pandemic, an estimated 1.6 billion learners in 199 countries worldwide were affected by school closures, with nearly 370 million children not receiving a school meal in 150 countries. The paper presents the evidence on the potential negative short-term and long-term effects of school meal scheme disruption during Covid-19 globally. It shows how vulnerable the children participating in these schemes are, how coping and mitigation measures are often only short-term solutions, and how prioritizing school re-opening is critical. For instance, it highlights how girls are at greater risk of not being in school or of being taken out of school early, which may lead to poor nutrition and health for themselves and their children. However, well-designed school feeding programmes have been shown to enable catch-up from early growth failure and other negative shocks. As such, once schools re-open, school meal schemes can help address the deprivation that children have experienced during the closures and provide an incentive for parents to send and keep their children, especially girls, in school.

Blogs

How sport can help keep children engaged during COVID-19: Innovations South Africa
Blog Blog

How sport can help keep children engaged during COVID-19: Innovations South Africa

Sports for Development (S4D) is a key strategy for engaging children in South Africa.  A mapping exercise conducted as part of the Getting into the Game research programme initiated by Barça Foundation and UNICEF identified 265 S4D organisations operating in South Africa, many of which are implemented during or after school hours and use schools to reach young people.
How are sport for development organizations keeping children healthy during COVID-19?
Blog Blog

How are sport for development organizations keeping children healthy during COVID-19?

This blog explores how Sport for Development (S4D) organisations have responded and adapted their programming to support children during the COVID-19 crisis. S4D organisations use sport as a tool to catalyse positive change in the lives of children, youth and the communities they live in. Interviews with S4D organizations, conducted as part of the ongoing research commissioned by the Barça Foundation and UNICEF partnership, revealed that organizations are innovating to adapt to the current crisis through three key interconnected practices: