The Strategic Plan catalogs what the Task Force has achieved to date, and what we will do in the next 3 years, through the twin priorities of documenting the impact of livelihoods/economic strengthening interventions on child protection and well-being, and improving the understanding of effective means of implementation.
This review sought to methodically capture the known impacts of economic strengthening (ES) programs (microcredit, skills training, agricultural interventions, etc.) on the well-being of children (0-18 years) in crisis contexts in low-income countries. The review looked at effects on children both from interventions engaging caregivers as beneficiaries, and those targeting children themselves.
Columbia University, Women's Refugee Commission, Western Uganda Bantwana Program
This study in Western Uganda tried to determine the links between household income/assets and the protection and well-being of children. We also tried to determine if and how economic interventions for caregivers could improve the lives of the children in their care, without doing inadvertent harm. Armed with answers to these questions, governments, NGOs and donors should be able to make better funding and programming decisions.
The shocking kidnap of more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria has focused global attention on the dangers faced by young women in Africa. Like millions around the world, I hope and pray for their safe return.
The aim of militants such as Boko Haram, whose very name means "Western education is a sin," is to sew hatred and enmity between Muslim and Christian communities, which have co-existed largely peacefully for generations. Education, in particular the education of women, is a threat to Boko Haram's goals. That is why the group carried out this appalling act.
Over the past two decades there have been major improvements in girls’ education. In 1990, less than 50 percent of girls in low-income countries were enrolled in primary school; today that figure has climbed to nearly 80 percent. However, much work remains to be done. Thirty million girls still miss out on basic education, and the challenge for those that now attend school is that they learn while there. Indeed, 250 million children cannot read or write, even after many of them have spent four years in school.
Join YouthSave on or before June 11 at 3pm for a conversation on asset building as a tool to alleviate global poverty. You can send your question ahead of time via twitter using the hashtag #youthsave. If you've never participated in a twitter chat before, see the instructions below.
“A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda” was organized by CYFI with the support of UNCDF on the 23rd of May, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting featured high-level stakeholders and was attended by 341 participants from 90 countries, including ambassadors and representatives of 43 permanent missions to the UN.
On Thursday, May 29th, the U.S. Institute of Peace will host Abrar Hassan, creator of the 60 Second International Film Festival. The Festival is a global film competition for films that can convey a strong social message in 60 seconds. The competition started in Pakistan in 2012 and quickly attracted interest from other countries and went viral on social media globally. Today it is a unique way for young people in conflict societies to communicate their views on a single platform, through the powerful medium of short, 60-second films.