The Voice of Reason We Need to Hear: High School Students Reflect and Voice on Child Poverty at The New School

UNIS-StudentsOn Thursday, March 6, 2014, eight high school students from the United Nations International School were given an opportunity to participate in the inner city outing, “Window into University,” at The New School. The students were a dynamic multinational group of students from China, England, India, Korea, Malaysia and Mexico. Following a campus tour of The New School, Equity for Children’s Executive Director Alberto Minujin, and Director of Programs and Research Guenay Salazar, facilitated a special workshop on child poverty. Minujin and Salazar introduced the objectives of the Equity for Children initiative at The New School, and defined the concept of equity through a framework of modern-day human development issues with a key focus on inequity.

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Phase II: The Conversation on “Approaches to Equity” Continues

Approaches-to-Equity-Phase2In February 2014, Equity for Children will launch its next phase of research concerning key stakeholders’ views about equity.  For the first time, foundations and philanthropists will be interviewed about why and how they are engaging with equity.  This research recognizes the growing contribution by private organizations to social welfare and poverty reduction in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era.  Although a number of MDGs have been met, others have not and none of them considered equity. read more…

Approaches to Equity: Interview with Alicia Ely Yamin, Director, Program on Health Rights of Women and Children, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University

alicia yamin photoDigging deeper into Phase II of our ‘Approaches to Equity’ research project, we proudly feature an interview with Alicia Ely Yamin, Lecturer on Global Health and Director of the Program on Health Rights of Women and Children at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Alicia provides an intriguing perspective into concepts of equity and equality unique to her twenty plus years of work in academia and activism where she has been at the forefront of the agenda for economic and social rights, and health and human rights fields. read more…

Approaches to Equity: Interview with Paul Dornan, Senior Policy Officer, Young Lives

Paul-Dornan-Young-LivesAs part of our ongoing ‘Approaches to Equity’ project, our team has interviewed Paul Dornan, Senior Policy Officer of Young Lives: An International Study of Childhood Poverty, University of Oxford. Paul elaborates on key concepts of equality and equity embraced by the Young Lives researchers and his ideas of what causes such inequities. Paul discusses several key policy recommendations to eradicate these inequities based on evidence in his area of research that highlights innovative best practices in terms of policies and programs that have achieved more equity for children. read more…

Young Lives releases new report, “Changing Children’s Lives: Risks and Opportunities”

young-lives-risks-and-opportunitiesEquity for Children’s long term associate located in the UK, Young Lives, released a new report with key research messages for children in developing countries entitled Changing Children’s Lives: Risks and Opportunities. The authors, Kirrily Pells and Martin Woodhead, offer numerical data and case studies aimed at revealing how macro-level environmental influences have changed children’s lives from 2000-2010. The report considers macro-level economic, social, and technological changes within the micro-level setting of children’s living environments such as home, school, and community. Ultimately, the study reveals that while many gains have been achieved in living standards, the poorest children continue to be left behind. read more…


Child poverty, youth (un)employment and social inclusion workshop

On November 19-21, the event “Child poverty, youth (un)employment and social inclusion” will take place in Athens, Greece. This event is being organized by CROP, the Institute of Labour and Democritus University of Thrace.

19th International Play Association Triennial World Conference

On May 20-23, 2014, the 19th International Play Association Triennial World Conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey with the theme of “Access to Play.” The conference aims to: put children’s right to play – laid down by national laws – onto Turkey’s public agenda; to ensure it is recognized as a human right taken into consideration in decision making processes; and for new academic studies to be solicited. As well as the national agenda, the conference is an international forum of exchange of ideas, knowledge and practice and will continue IPA’s focus on the recent UN General Comment on Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

10th Africa Course on Strengthening Contemporary School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Programmes

On May 26th to June 4th, 2014, the “10th Africa Course on Strengthening Contemporary School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Programmes will be held in Accra, Ghana.


2013 ECLAC Report: Social Panorama of Latin America

The 2013 Edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America presents ECLAC official measurements for the analysis of income poverty and seeks fresh approaches to poverty and well-being, placing special emphasis on multidimensional approaches. These approaches are exploratory and therefore not comprehensive. They have nevertheless been tackled in this year’s edition of Social Panorama because one thing is certain: the need is emerging in social policy design, in the evaluation of social development and in new demands of a society for a more nuanced analysis of social progress and lags to underpin more integrated public policy design.

Childhoods Embargoed: Constructing and Reconstructing Multidimensional Child Poverty in Iran, 1984-2009

Sepideh Yousefzadeh’s research on multidimensional child poverty in Iran provides a quantitative empirical analysis of the multiple dimensions of poverty among children in Iran and the changes thereof between 1984 and 2009. It emphasizes the long lasting inequalities in children’s multidimensional poverty and the interpretative analysis in the research would have been impossible without taking seriously into consideration the narrative on social, political and economic changes in 25 years covered by the empirical analysis.

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality

Nearly half the world’s wealth is owned by 1 percent of the global population, and such extreme economic inequality poses a threat to democratic processes and could lead to social instability, a report from Oxfam International finds. Issued in conjunction with the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos this week, the report, Working for the Few (32 pages, PDF), highlights the impact of inequality in both developed and developing countries, including the effect of wealth concentrations on political representation.

Equity for Children is an initiative of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School in New York City. Our organization strives to advance an agenda of social justice, human rights and social equality for children worldwide in order to strengthen children’s well being by diminishing child poverty, marginalization and inequality.