The Global Child Poverty Challenge
In Search of Solutions

Edited by Richard Morgan
Paper: 978 1 85339 967 1 / $29.95
Published: December 2016  

Cloth: 978 1 85339 966 4 / $75.95
Published: March 2017  

Publisher: Practical Action
192 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
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Children are the most vulnerable people in the world – but rarely has the impact of poverty on children been addressed as an urgent issue in its own right. The harm that deprivation does to girls and boys as individuals, and the lasting cost of poverty, have received too limited attention. Policies and programs have not made best use of the growing evidence of "what works" for the poorest children to support the efforts of families and children themselves to forge more prosperous futures.

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 center of policies and programs, 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 programs in developing countries, including researchers, policy makers, and those working for development agencies.

Table of Contents:
1) Addressing child poverty: an overview -- Richard Morgan
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? -- Stephen Devereux
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 -- Richard Carothers
9) Independent child migrants in developing countries: a literature review -- Shahin Yaqub
10) Fostering economic opportunities for youth in Africa: a comprehensive approach -- Karen Moore
11) Do youth need savings? The experience of YouthSave in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal -- Rani Deshpande
12) Conclusions: towards effective action in addressing child poverty through public policy -- Richard Morgan

Reviews & Endorsements:
"This book makes a compelling case that a 'child-sensitive' approach is both morally right and practically feasible for ending extreme poverty and achieving sustainable development goals."
- Kul Chandra Gautam was formerly Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF
"Practical Action Publishing has done it again, this time by producing an up-to-date briefing on what works – or doesn’t – for reducing child poverty. About half of the world’s poor are children, with higher rates of poverty among children than among adults in both developing and better off countries. Richard Morgan and supporters have reviewed a list of actions at the top of today’s thinking about what can be done, with professional assessments in everyday language of the lessons for mobilizing more action in the future. Most useful and an important read for all concerned."
- Professor Sir Richard Jolly, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex