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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
Grace Chang
08 Feb, 2018

A reflection on ‘child work’ and its measurement over the life cycle

While many would agree that addressing the issue of child work is of high importance, the consensus on how to appropriately define children in work is not always clear. Already difficult to outline for the...

By
Amelia Fauzia
31 Jan, 2018

Indonesian aid to Rakhine State, Myanmar: Islamic humanitarianism, soft diplomacy, and the question of inclusive aid

The current humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has inspired global sympathy for the plight of the 500,000 Muslim refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. Humanitarian sentiment towards...

By
Kate Pincock
29 Jan, 2018

Punishment won't stop teenage pregnancies in Tanzania because 'bad behaviour' isn't the cause

In Tanzania, if you’re a schoolgirl and fall pregnant, it could mean the end of your education. Even though successive governments have made a push for girls education, those that fall pregnant are...

By
Emre Eren Korkmaz
24 Jan, 2018

Blockchain for refugees: great hopes, deep concerns

Blockchain has been much in the news lately thanks to the speculative cryptocurrency market. It is increasingly being touted as something of a magic bullet in a whole range of disciplines, and has been put...

By
R Michael Feener
Philip Fountain
21 Jan, 2018

Religion and NGOs: Understanding new global configurations of humanitarian, development, and ‘faith-based’ institutions

As Development Studies scholars have long argued, the rapid and remarkable growth of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) since the Second World War has amounted to nothing less than an institutional...

By
Ilan Manor
01 Dec, 2017

Do MFAs really attract journalists on social media?

Some have traced the origins of digital diplomacy to America’s need to counter Al-Qaeda’s online narrative and recruitment efforts....

By
Nur Arafeh
30 Nov, 2017

New perspectives on the political economy of the Middle East

Did the 2011 Egyptian protests lead to changes in voting outcomes and electoral choices? How has the arrival of Syrian refugees affected the Lebanese economy? What impact did the Egyptian revolution have on...

By
Gina Crivello
07 Nov, 2017

Why are some children able to ‘beat the odds’ stacked against them early in life?

We know that children who grow up in poverty are disproportionately more likely to leave school early and less likely to enter post-secondary schooling. We also know that they are disproportionately more...

By
Paul Dornan
02 Nov, 2017

Reflections from 'Putting Children First': from surviving to thriving

I spent much of last week in Addis Ababa at the ‘Putting Children First’ conference (for my hopes on this, see a blog written the week...

By
Hannah Waddilove
30 Oct, 2017

What role should academics play in public knowledge creation?

A seminar held at ODID on 27 October as part of the Re-engaging Truth series asked what role academics should play in public knowledge...

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