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Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa

Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa

PUBLICATION: CROP book published by Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart. Edited by Keetie Roelen, Richard Morgan, Yisak Tafere. NOW OPEN ACCESS

September 2019


This edited volume contributes to the policy initiatives aiming to reduce child poverty and academic understanding of child poverty and its solutions by bringing together applied research from across the continent. With the Sustainable Development Goals having opened up an important space for the fight against child poverty, not least by broadening its conceptualization to be multidimensional, this collection aims to push the frontiers by challenging existing narratives around child poverty, exploring alternative understandings of the complexities and dynamics underpinning child poverty and, crucially, examining policy options that work to reduce child poverty.

The book can be ordered from Columbia University Press


Keetie Roelen, Richard Morgan and Yisak Tafere

PART ONE - Manifestations of Child Poverty

1. Beyond Categories: Rhizomatic Experiences of Child Poverty and Vulnerability in Kenya
Elizabeth Ngutuku

2. Children and Young People's Experiences of Managing Poverty-Related Shame in Uganda and the UK
Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, Elaine Chase and Florence Kyoheirwe Muhanguzi

3. Poverty and Child Hunger in South Africa: A Child-Centred Analysis of Household-Level Survey Data
Winnie C. Sambu and Katherine Hall

4. Child Stunting in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Interrelated Effects of Neighbourhoods and Families
Oluwaseyi Dolapo Somefun, Joshua Odunayo Akinyemi and Clifford Odimegwu

5. Dynamics of Child Poverty in Ethiopia
Tassew Woldehanna, Yisak Tafere, Mesele Araya and Adiam Hagos

PART TWO - Child-Sensitive Social Protection

6. How Many Malnourished Children Are There in South Africa? What Can Be Done?
Stephen Devereux, Coretta Jonah and Julian May

7. Tackling Undernutrition with a 'Cash Plus' Approach
Nicola Hypher, Luke Harman, Kerina Zvobgo and Oluwatosin Akomolafe

8. Unconditional Cash Transfers and Business Grants: Do Transfer Amounts and Labels Make a Difference for Children?
Billow Hassan, Stephen Mutiso and Munshi Sulaiman

PART THREE - Transitions from Childhood into Adulthood

9. Gaining Ground with Gatekeepers: Leveraging the Proximal Enabling Environment to Support Youth Livelihood Development
Nikhit D'Sa, Sarah Press, Anna Du Vent, Ahmed Farahat and Sita Conklin

10. Physical and Virtual Mobility for Youth Employment in Malawi: Reflections on Findings from Two Research Projects
Gina Porter, Kate Hampshire, Alister Munthali and Elsbeth Robson

11. Disentangling Urban Adolescents' Vulnerability to Age- and Gender-Based Violence through a Capability Lens in Ethiopia and Rwanda
Nicola Jones, Umutoni Marie Francoise, Bekele Tefera, Ernestina Coast, Workneh Yadete, Roberte Isimbi, Guday Emirie and Kassahun Tilahun

12. Social Connectedness and Youth Transitions: Reflections on a South African Programme
Marlene Ogawa, Shirley Pendlebury and Carmel Marock

Keetie Roelen, Richard Morgan and Yisak Tafere


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