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22 Jun, 2018
By Marta Favara, Grace Chang

No longer children: on growing up and the changing world of work

Over the past 15 years, Young Lives has followed the lives of two cohorts of children through childhood, adolescence, and into young adulthood. The information gathered in the last round of data collection (in 2016) permitted investigation of how the experiences of poverty early in life affect the opportunities of the Older Cohort children as they enter adulthood.

Our latest report No longer children: What do Young Lives children do when they grow up? documents the trajectories of these children into post-secondary education and the

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
20 Mar, 2018

How might Artificial Intelligence transform corporate sustainability policies?

Rapid technological development in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has triggered a growing debate about its ethical, political and legal implications for our daily lives. In this post, I suggest...

By
Kristine Briones
15 Mar, 2018

The gendered experience of poverty

According to the recent report by...

By
Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
12 Mar, 2018

Reflections on the Berlin conference on ‘Energy for Displaced People: A Global Plan of Action’

In January in Berlin, UN agencies, donors, NGOs and the private sector came together to ensure that the humanitarian sector contributes to the achievement of...

By
Gina Crivello
Patricia Espinoza
08 Mar, 2018

Thinking about care and unpaid work: family lives in the global South

Today’s observance of International Women’s Day celebrating ‘the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women’ is prompting us to blog about our thinking on gender, feminism and social...

By
Liza Benny
05 Mar, 2018

The varying burden of stunting: understanding physical growth during childhood and adolescence in Young Lives data

In 2016, more than 20% of the world’s under-5 year olds (155 million children overall) were stunted, or too short compared to healthy peers of...

By
Catherine Scheer
01 Mar, 2018

Christian NGOs and ‘indigenous cultures’: on the morphing of missionary work among a Cambodian highland minority

According to the Cambodia field director of the US-based Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA), in an interview with this author in 2016, his organisation had...

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
Samentha Goethals
27 Feb, 2018

Examining human rights protections for Syrian refugees in Turkish garment supply chains

It is estimated that of the 3.4 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey, 650,000 have found work in the manufacturing sector, which includes the thriving leather-textile-garment industry. Most of them...

By
Gustav Brown
22 Feb, 2018

Interfaith partnerships in the field of development: a way forward for religious pluralism in Indonesia?

Muslim-Christian interactions are growing more common in the field of development. Many of these interactions are fraught, with community activists questioning the motives of faith-based organisations (FBOs...

By
Alexander Betts
20 Feb, 2018

Kenyan study sheds new light on gap between refugees and host communities

Refugees are increasingly regarded as a development issue, rather than simply a focus for humanitarian aid. This reflects the fact that 84% of the world’s refugees are in...

By
Giuseppe Bolotta
12 Feb, 2018

Religious and secular NGOs in the slums of Bangkok: why a sharp dividing line is unhelpful and mistaken

In the slums of Bangkok, children simultaneously benefit from the humanitarian assistance of Catholic, Buddhist and officially secular local and international NGOs.

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