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Best of UNICEF Research 2021
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Best of UNICEF Research 2021

Best of UNICEF Research showcases the most rigorous, innovative and impactful research produced by UNICEF offices worldwide. While evidence highlights emerging issues, it also informs decisions and provides policy and programme recommendations for governments and partners to improve children’s lives. This ninth edition brings together 11 powerful studies from around the world and across the five Strategic Goal Areas. How do South Asian youth feel about entering the world of work? What is the effect of climate-related hazards on access to healthcare? How has COVID-19 affected children and their families in the Republic of Moldova? With social and economic inequalities increasing and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals lagging, rigorous research – answers to these questions – has never mattered more.
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COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition
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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.
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Patterns of Government Expenditures in Developing Countries during the 1980s: The impact on social services
Patterns of Government Expenditures in Developing Countries during the 1980s: The impact on social services

AUTHOR(S)
Beth Ebel

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 64 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: development planning, public expenditures, social welfare | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
Fiscal Shock, Wage Compression and Structural Reform: Mexican adjustment and educational policy in the 1980s
Fiscal Shock, Wage Compression and Structural Reform: Mexican adjustment and educational policy in the 1980s

AUTHOR(S)
Fernando Valerio

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 48 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: adjustment policies, economic policy, educational policy, fiscal policy | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
Adjustment Policies in Tanzania, 1981-1989: The impact of growth, structure and human welfare
Adjustment Policies in Tanzania, 1981-1989: The impact of growth, structure and human welfare

AUTHOR(S)
Jumanne H. Wagao

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 48 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: adjustment policies, economic growth, human development | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
Toward Structural Transformation with a Human Focus: The economic programmes and policies of Zambia in the 1980's
Toward Structural Transformation with a Human Focus: The economic programmes and policies of Zambia in the 1980's
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 66 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: adjustment policies, human development | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
Increased Aid Flows and Human Resource Development in Africa
Increased Aid Flows and Human Resource Development in Africa

AUTHOR(S)
Paul Mosley

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 40 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: adjustment policies, aid financing, human resources development | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
Rural Differentiation, Poverty and Agricultural Crisis in sub-Saharan Africa: Toward an appropriate policy response
Rural Differentiation, Poverty and Agricultural Crisis in sub-Saharan Africa: Toward an appropriate policy response
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 44 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: agricultural development, agricultural policy, rural poverty | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
Education, Skills and Industrial Development in the Structural Transformation of Africa
Education, Skills and Industrial Development in the Structural Transformation of Africa

AUTHOR(S)
Sanjaya Lall

Cite this publication | No. of pages: 40 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: adjustment policies, education, skills development | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
The Fiscal System, Adjustment and the Poor
The Fiscal System, Adjustment and the Poor
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 32 | Thematic area: Economic Development | Tags: adjustment policies, economic development, poverty | Publisher: UNICEF ICDC, Florence
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Learning at a Distance: Children’s remote learning experiences in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Learning at a Distance: Children’s remote learning experiences in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Italy was the first country in Europe to implement a nationwide lockdown. Children and their families lived in nearly complete isolation for almost two months. Students missed 65 days of school compared to an average of 27 missed days among high-income countries worldwide. This prolonged break is of concern, as even short breaks in schooling can cause significant loss of learning for children and lead to educational inequalities over time. At least 3 million Italian students may not have been reached by remote learning due to a lack of internet connectivity or devices at home. This report explores children’s and parents’ experiences of remote learning during the lockdown in Italy, drawing on data collected from 11 European countries (and coordinated by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center). It explores how children's access and use of digital technologies changed during the pandemic; highlights how existing inequalities might undermine remote learning opportunities, even among those with internet access; and provides insights on how to support children’s remote learning in the future. *** L'Italia e’ stata il primo paese in Europa ad aver applicato la misura del lockdown su tutto il territorio. I bambini e le loro famiglie hanno vissuto in quasi completo isolamento per circa due mesi. Gli studenti hanno perduto 65 giorni di scuola rispetto ad una media di 27 negli altri paesi ad alto reddito del mondo. Questa interruzione prolungata rappresenta motivo di preoccupazione, in quanto persino interruzioni piu’ brevi nella didattica possono causare significative perdite nel livello di istruzione dei ragazzi e portare col tempo a diseguaglianze educative. Almeno 3 milioni di studenti in Italia non sono stati coinvolti nella didattica a distanza a causa d una mancanza di connessione ad internet o di dispositivi adeguati a casa. Questo rapporto analizza l’esperienza della didattica a distanza di ragazzi e genitori in Italia durante il lockdown, sulla base dei dati raccolti in 11 paesi europei (e coordinati dal Centro comune di ricerca della Commissione Europea). Studia il cambiamento nell’accesso e nell’uso delle tecnologie digitali dei bambini e ragazzi durante la pandemia; mette in evidenza come le diseguaglianze esistenti possano diminuire le opportunità offerte dalla didattica a distanza, anche tra coloro che hanno accesso ad internet; e fornisce approfondimenti su come sostenere la didattica a distanza di bambini e ragazzi in futuro.
Vite a Colori: Esperienze, percezioni e opinioni di bambinə e ragazzə sulla pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia
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Vite a Colori: Esperienze, percezioni e opinioni di bambinə e ragazzə sulla pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia

Il rapporto Vite a Colori racconta le esperienze, percezioni ed opinioni di un gruppo di adolescenti sul primo anno di pandemia di Covid-19 in Italia cercando di comprendere le loro esperienze e punti di vista, attraverso le loro parole. La raccolta dati si è svolta tra febbraio e giugno 2021 con 114 partecipanti tra i 10 e i 19 anni, frequentanti le scuole superiori del primo e del secondo ciclo di 16 regioni italiane. Bambinɘ e ragazzɘ che si identificano come LGBTQI+, minori stranieri non accompagnati (MSNA) e adolescenti con background socioeconomico svantaggiato sono stati deliberatamente inclusi nel campione interessato dalla ricerca

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