International Seminar: ‘Child Poverty, Public Policy and Democracy’ (Pobreza infantil, políticas publicas y democracia)

Poverty and Inequality, Public Policy and Financing

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February 19-21, 2014 | Mexico City, Mexico

The International Seminar entitled, "Child Poverty, Public Policy, and Democracy," (Pobreza infantil, políticas publicas y democracia) is being organized by Equity for Children Latin America (Equidad para la Infancia), CROP, FLACSO Mexico and the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The event aims to address, among other issues, some of these questions or topics: 

  • • How is child poverty produced and reproduced in Latin America and the Caribbean? How do stereotypes and social representations of child poverty develop?
  • • How are intra-urban inequalities produced and reproduced in increasingly urbanized regions? What is the impact of inequality and poverty on the development, quality of life and implementation of the rights of children?
  • • What policies have proven to be effective, or “best practices”, in the eradication of child poverty and inequality in a comparative experience? How are empirical and theoretical evidence that explain current levels of child poverty and inequality interpreted in contemporary representative democracies? What are the implications and ideological positions underlying the empirical evidence that supports the current diagnosis? In what way do politics, children’s participation and citizenship play important roles in democracies, leading to enhanced child rights and reduced inequalities?
  • • To what extent do national and international institutional legal frameworks such as CDN, CEDAW and ODM provide an effective response to the issues that affect children and teenagers? What concrete results are seen in terms of designing or financing policies to eliminate child poverty?

The goals of the workshop are threefold:

  • • To evaluate critically and comparatively the current knowledge and public policy that impact the reduction, prevention and/or eradication of child poverty and inequality;
  • • To distribute the contributions in English (CROP-Zed Book, London) and Spanish (FLACSO, Mexico) after a thorough process of peer review
  • • To consolidate the efforts of the “Work Group on Child Poverty and Welfare”, jointly developed by CROP and Equidad para la Infancia.

Inequality in particular is one of the key points for the development of the post-2015 UN Millennium Goals Project; this seminar is presented as an opportunity to participate in the global debate on new action frameworks "The World We Want 2015" (http://www.worldwewant2015.org). The main objective of the seminar is to critique and conduct a comparative assessment of the state of knowledge and public policy impact on the reduction, prevention and/or eradication of child poverty and inequality.

The meeting is organized in the context of the actions of the Working Group on Children, Inequalities and Poverty (Grupo de Trabajo en Infancia, Desigualidades  y Pobreza), developed jointly by CROP and Equity for Children Latin America. 

Click here to see more information on the conference (in Spanish).

Click here to read the original call for papers.

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