Young Lives Presentation and Seminar

Equity for Children, City University of New York (CUNY) and Rutgers University will cohost the Young Lives Presentation and Seminar from February 7-8, 2012 at The New School.Nov2011_Young Lives Presentation This is to present the findings that the Young Lives research team at Oxford University released after 15 years of research, on 12,000 children in four countries: Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.

Young Lives is coordinated by a team based at the ,, led by Jo Boyden. Other senior research staff include Stefan Dercon of Oxford and Martin Woodhead of The Open University.

Young Lives is a unique international study of childhood poverty following the changing lives of 12,000 children in four countries – Ethiopia, India (in Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam – over 15 years. This is the timeframe set by the UN to assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Young Lives collects a wealth of information about the children’s material and social circumstances, as well as their views on their everyday lives, their hopes and aspirations, set against the environmental and social realities of their communities.

Two groups of children are observed in each country:
2,000 children born in 2001–02; and 1,000 children born in 1994–95.
The fact that the research spans the first 15 years of the children’s lives means that it also examines how children change over time, and is able to observe a range of situations, including both rural and urban upbringings, poor and not-so-poor areas, larger and smaller families,  migration as well as other circumstances.

The two-day seminar will focus on the following issues:

•    Development and inequality
•    Impact of economic crisis on children and adolescents
•    Relationship between development and psycho-development
•    Relationship between nutrition & cognition
•    Education as a driver for development rather than equity and equality
•    Communities and schools evaluating different skill sets
•    Gender and inequality

Young Lives receives its funding in a core grant from 2001 to 2017 from UK aid from in the Department for International Development (DFID). It is co-funded from 2010 to 2014 by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Funders of sub-studies include the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Oak Foundation.

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