Action for Africa's poorest children

The stark implication os the millions of children across the African continent trapped in poverty has been higlighted and exaserpated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In their timely book 'What works for Africa's poorest children: from measurement to action'  David Lawson, Diego Angemi, Ibrahim Kasirye (editors) identify the social policies and programmes that are most effective in supporting Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable children, and examines the key features underpinning their documented success. It provides cutting edge examples on how we can identify child poverty and deprivation, analyses innovative ultra-poor child sensitive programmes, and provides new public financing and governance rights suggestions for child poverty elimination. Chapter 2 examines how  the Uganda National Household Survey (UBOS, 2017), democratic definitions and measures of child poverty can be developed on the basis of national consensus about  what constitutes an acceptable standard of living. This chapter also provides unique insight on the application of the CA in refugee and host communities. Indicators are  based on age-appropriate criteria and reflect children’s economic and social rights and national frameworks, such as the Constitution of Uganda.

Published by Practical Action (open access, 2020) the book is free to download here.
 
Diego Angemi, Chief of Social Policy and Advocacy at UNICEF Uganda, talk through the key features of the book here

 

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Publication date: 
Aug 7 2020