Poverty and Children: Policies to Break the Vicious Cycle

This book deals with issues related to children and poverty in the wake of recent global changes and their impact on child’s wellbeing. It contains a selection of papers from the international conference “Children and Poverty: Global Trends, Local Solutions?” held in New York City in April 2005.30-povertyandchildren_book The conference was part of successful, long term collaboration between UNICEF and The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA). Recognizing that critical gaps exist in knowledge on the topics of children living in poverty and global, regional, and local changes affecting families, the goal of this collaboration has been to bring to the fore topics related to children, with particular interest in exploring the links and interconnections between poverty, rights, gender, and the areas of children’s lives that have traditionally been
treated in isolation from each other.

Building on the issues raised in The State of the World’s Children 2005, the aim of the book is to explore issues and trends related to children living in poverty by examining concepts and measurements of poverty, as well as the actions needed to secure a protective, harmonious and stimulating environment for family upbringing. The authors take an inter-disciplinary and cross-thematic approach designed to integrate a gender and human rights perspective throughout their analysis. Alberto Minujin, Enrique Delamonica, Marina Komarecki (editors)

Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School with the support of UNICEF – 2006

ISBN: 0-9786747-0-7 


INTRODUCTION: by Alberto Minujin, Enrique Delamonica, and Marina Komarecki

– Chapter 1: Understanding Child Poverty: Recent Conceptual, Analytical and Policy Developments, by Alberto Minujin, Enrique Delamonica, Edward D. Gonzalez and Alejandra Davidziuk

– Chapter 2: Children and Poverty: Understanding Children’s Experience of Poverty, by Daniel Wordsworth, Mark McPeak and Thomas Feeny

– Chapter 3: Multidimensional Disparities in Maternal and Child Health: Measuring a Baseline, Monitoring the Future, by Deborah Balk, Meg Wirth, Enrique Delamonica, Adam Storeygard, Emma Sacks and Alberto Minujin

– Chapter 4: Beyond Statistics – Participatory Approaches to Researching Poverty and Social Exclusion Among Children in the CEE/CIS, by Petra Hoelscher and Fabio Sabatini

– Chapter 5: Social Investment Initiatives in Latin America: Linking Budgets, Poverty Reduction and Children’s Rights, by Susana Sottoli and Juan Fernando Núñez

– Chapter 6: Vietnam: Transition Towards Market Economy From a Child Rights Perspective, by Christian Salazar Volkmann

– Chapter 7: Orphan and Vulnerable Child Based Disparities: An Analysis of Health and Education in Botswana, by Candace Miller

– Chapter 8: The World Bank and Child Welfare Outcomes: Findings From Two Impact Evaluations, by Howard White

– Chapter 9: Shaping State Compliance: PRSPs and the Millennium Development Goals For Improving Child Welfare, by
Monique Segarra

– Chapter 10: Policies to Live By: Targeted Poverty Alleviation For Children in South Africa, by Annie Leatt

– Chapter 11: Children in Poverty, Gender and Schooling in the Context of Workfare Policies: The Plan “Jefes y Jefas de Hogar Desocupados,” by Rosalia Cortés and Fernando Groisman




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