How multi-disciplinary approaches help us address the research- to- policy challenge

This blog is written by Jo Boyden, Director of the Young Lives programme, following her speech at a forum hosted by CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, on November 17, 2016. The multi-sectoral forum on the well-being of the world’s children is aimed at bringing researchers, practitioners and policy makers to the table to share… Read more


Uprooted: the growing crisis for refugee and migrant children

Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced – and this is a conservative estimate. More than half of these girls and boys fled violence and insecurity – 28 million in total. Children in these contexts are among the most vulnerable people and this vulnerability is only getting worse…. Read more


Review of right to play

Right to Play (former Olympic Aid), is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organisation which uses sport and play as a development tool for children and youth. The central delivery method is through international volunteers who teach RTP modules to local coaches based in refugee camps, at schools, or in community based organisations. This review was commissioned… Read more


Early childhood development (ECD) and children with disabilities

Introduction to the topic This reading pack briefly highlights some of the research and programme work that are showing positive benefits for young children with disabilities in low-resource settings. The international evidence that high quality early childhood development (ECD) programmes benefit all children’s development, life experiences, and life chances is overwhelming. The evidence comes from… Read more


Educating children in conflict zones

This book examines the challenges of delivering quality education to the approximately 39 million out-of-school children around the world who live in situations affected by violent conflict. The volume provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the links between conflict and children’s access to education, as well as a review of the policies and approaches… Read more


The educational rights of asylum seeking children: observing failure

This article is based on observations of the educational facilities provided for asylum seeking children detained on Christmas Island. These observations are situated within international and domestic legal and policy frameworks addressing the educational rights of asylum seeking children. The article argues that challenges such as the effects of institutionalisation on children and their parents, and the absence… Read more


Education and identity: the role of UNRWA’s education programmes in the reconstruction of Palestinian nationalism

Studies of specialised agencies of the United Nations in general and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in particular focus overwhelmingly on the humanitarian activities and structures of these institutions. Relatively understudied and less understood in the literature on UNRWA is the impact the institution has had on the ongoing reconstruction of Palestinian… Read more


Quality of maternal and newborn services – a learning resource for thinking and action

This freely accessible online learning resource produced by HEART provides an overview of the key issues in relation to quality of services (QoS) for maternal and newborn health (MNH), and signposts key resources for further reading. Originally designed for the cadre of Health Advisers at DFID, it has been adapted to suit a broad range of… Read more


The urban disadvantage: state of the world’s mothers 2015

The 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report has a special focus on the rapidly urbanising world and the poorest mothers and children who must struggle to survive despite overall urban progress. Key findings of the report include: the world, especially the developing world, is becoming urbanised at a breathtaking pace, with virtually all future population growth… Read more


Child migration and human rights in a global age

Spanning several continents and drawing on the stories of young migrants, Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age provides a comprehensive account of child migration and child trafficking. It looks at the obstacles placed in the paths of adolescents fleeing war, exploitation, or destitution; the contradictory elements in the approach to international adoption; and… Read more


Group crisis intervention for children during ongoing war conflict

The aim of this study was to evaluate the short-term impact of a group crisis intervention for children aged 9–15 years from five refugee camps in the Gaza Strip during ongoing conflict. Children were selected if they reported moderate to severe post-traumatic stress reactions, and were allocated to group intervention, encouraging expression of experiences and… Read more


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