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Audrey Pereira

Former Consultant (Former title)

Audrey Pereria focuses on international health systems and economics. She has experience contributing to a wide range of maternal and child health projects across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, including initiatives on nutrition, family planning, and human resources for health. Audrey is working on adolescent health, food insecurity, and violence against women and children. Prior to her current position, she consulted at the World Bank, and worked for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Audrey holds a Master of Science in Public Health,

Publications

Exploring Women's Empowerment through Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence
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Exploring Women's Empowerment through Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread globally, with an estimated one-third of women aged 15 years and over experiencing physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner during their lifetimes. Economic empowerment, or the financial standing of women, is often thought to protect against IPV, signalling sufficient economic autonomy to leave abusive situations or to prevent abuse. Asset ownership is one measure of economic empowerment, and can convey substantial agency as a wealth store, especially for large productive assets, such as agricultural land or home ownership. Despite the important implications of IPV reduction for policy and programming, evidence of this relationship is scarce.We hope this research will advance our global understanding of this potential.
Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity among Children across the Globe
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Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity among Children across the Globe

Target 2.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to hunger, in all its forms, by 2030. Measuring food security among children under age 5, who represent a quarter of the world’s population, remains a challenge that is largely unfeasible for current global monitoring systems. The SDG framework has agreed to use the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) to measure moderate and severe food insecurity. The FIES is an experience-based metric that reports food-related behaviours on the inability to access food due to resource constraints. We present the first global estimates of the share and number of children below age 15, who live with a respondent who is food insecure.
Myth-busting? Confronting Six Common Perceptions about Unconditional Cash Transfers as a Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa
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Myth-busting? Confronting Six Common Perceptions about Unconditional Cash Transfers as a Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa

In this paper we summarize evidence on six perceptions associated with cash transfer programming, using eight rigorous evaluations conducted on large-scale government unconditional cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa, under the Transfer Project. Specifically, we investigate if transfers: 1) induce higher spending on alcohol or tobacco; 2) are fully consumed (rather than invested); 3) create dependency (reduce participation in productive activities); 4) increase fertility; 5) lead to negative community-level economic impacts (including price distortion and inflation), and 6) are fiscally unsustainable. We present evidence refuting each claim, leading to the conclusion that these perceptions – insofar as they are utilized in policy debates – undercut potential improvements in well-being and livelihood strengthening among the poor, which these programmes can bring about in sub-Saharan Africa, and globally. We conclude by underscoring outstanding research gaps and policy implications for the continued expansion of unconditional cash transfers in the region and beyond.
Cash Transfers Improve the Mental Health and Well-being of Youth: Evidence from the Kenyan Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
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Cash Transfers Improve the Mental Health and Well-being of Youth: Evidence from the Kenyan Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Approximately half of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, and three-quarters by age 24. Among adolescents, depression is one of the leading contributors to morbidity, while suicide and interpersonal violence are among the leading causes of mortality.

Blogs

Five things we learned from research on child survivors of violence
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Five things we learned from research on child survivors of violence

Violence against children is a pervasive global phenomenon. Estimates indicate over 1 billion children under the age of 18 experience emotional, physical or sexual violence every year from a range of perpetrators – including parents, peers and intimate or dating partners. Despite these high figures, official figures of VAC are just the tip of the iceberg.
Food for thought on measuring child food insecurity
Blog Blog

Food for thought on measuring child food insecurity

Food is a basic necessity of life. You probably know the grim statistics: one in four children are stunted, approximately half of all deaths among children under 5 are attributable to malnutrition

Journal articles

Disclosure, reporting and help seeking among child survivors of violence: a cross-country analysis
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Disclosure, reporting and help seeking among child survivors of violence: a cross-country analysis

Perspectives of adolescent and young adults on poverty-related stressors: a qualitative study in Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania
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Perspectives of adolescent and young adults on poverty-related stressors: a qualitative study in Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania

Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions
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Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions

Mythbusting: confronting six common perceptions about cash transfer programs in sub-Saharan Africa
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Mythbusting: confronting six common perceptions about cash transfer programs in sub-Saharan Africa