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A better understanding of how childhood well-being and experiences can shape the life-course can also help re-calibrate the way interventions for specific age groups are planned and organized, adding considerably to the potential impact and effectiveness of development programming.

New knowledge and understanding of the importance of the life course for prioritizing effective interventions at different stages and transitions of children's lives needs to be systematized and made available for programme design. In 2014, Young Lives (University of Oxford) with support from the UNICEF Office of Research will develop a paper to share evidence of impacts across the life course from data in four developing countries. An internal consultation on life course approaches and its relevance to programming is also planned for 2014.

A better understanding of how childhood well-being and experiences can shape the life-course can also help re-calibrate the way interventions for specific age groups are planned and organized, adding considerably to the potential impact and effectiveness of development programming.

New knowledge and understanding of the importance of the life course for prioritizing effective interventions at different stages and transitions of children's lives needs to be systematized and made available for programme design. In 2014, Young Lives (University of Oxford) with support from the UNICEF Office of Research will develop a paper to share evidence of impacts across the life course from data in four developing countries. An internal consultation on life course approaches and its relevance to programming is also planned for 2014.

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Tackling inequities in children’s outcomes matters both from a moral perspective, and because of persuasive social and economic arguments. Reducing inequity in children’s outcomes requires tackling structural and social issues.

 

Michael Marmot; Ruth Bell; Angela Donkin
This paper describes the outcomes of an expert consultation on the Structural Determinants of Child Wellbeing. The participants discussed the underlying causes of child well-being and aimed to develop an initial framework for considering the impact of structural factors on children’s lives.

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