In a major effort to counter the invisibility of children in thinking on poverty reduction, The Global Child Poverty Challenge takes stock of a wide range of evidence on how children can be put at the centre of policies and programmes, in ways that recognize their capacities and centrality to future prosperity. The contributors look at experience with key interventions for investing in children – including social protection, basic services, skills development for future livelihoods, responsible microfinance and opportunities for decent work. ‘Child sensitive’ approaches based on child rights principles are seen as central to making these interventions work for the poorest children.
Bringing together findings from a variety of settings, this book calls for the recognition of children as holders of rights and agents in their own development. It points to the experience of children living in poverty – and draws attention to their many roles: as learners, seekers of opportunity, as migrants, users of financial services and entrants to the world of work.
This book is essential reading for all those working on social protection and poverty reduction programmes in developing countries, including researchers, policy makers, and those working for development agencies.
2 Building strong foundations for later livelihoods by addressing child poverty: evidence from Young Lives
Paul Dornan and Kirrily Pells
3 Evaluations of outcomes for children and youth from NGO-supported microeconomic interventions: a research synthesis
C.M. Ellis and Josh Chaffin
4 Lessons from practice in child-sensitive social protection
Nicola Hypher and Katherine Richards
5 Are graduation or rights-based programmes better for getting children out of poverty?
6 Does wealth increase affect school enrolment in ultra-poor households: evidence from an experiment in Bangladesh Munshi Sulaiman
7 Responsible finance and child labour: quo vadis microfinance?
Patricia Richter and Sophie de Coninck
8 Recognizing and supporting working children through microfinance programming
9 Independent child migrants in developing countries: a literature review
10 Fostering economic opportunities for youth in Africa: a comprehensive approach
11 Do youth need savings? The experience of YouthSave in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal
12 Conclusions: towards effective action in addressing child poverty through public policy