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15 Mar, 2018
By Kristine Briones

The gendered experience of poverty

According to the recent report by UN Women, 'the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to put an end to barriers that prevent women and girls from realizing their full potential'. But significant challenges still lie ahead ­– while more countries have taken action to track budget allocations for gender equality, women and girls are still over-represented among the poor; are more likely to be food insecure and have lower incomes; discrimination and violence against women and girls are still prevalent; and, every year, 15 million girls under the age of 18 are still forced into marriage.

At Young Lives, we recognise the Sustainable Development Goal commitment to achieving gender parity and empowering women and girls. By following the same children from birth to adolescence and then on to adulthood, we provide evidence of trends and challenges girls encounter over their lives.

25 Apr, 2017

EU asylum policies: the power of strong regulating states

European Union asylum policies are currently one of the most controversial areas of EU policy-making. This became particularly obvious in 2015/2016 when the EU proved unable to respond adequately to the...

Alpha Abebe
13 Apr, 2017

Going back to give back: Young diasporans and Ethiopian development

In 2009, I travelled to Ethiopia with a group of nine other young people of Ethiopian descent from across North America. We were part of a loose collective of interdisciplinary artists and community...

Christopher Woodruff
10 Apr, 2017

Training women for management in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector

Last year, Bangladesh reached an important milestone when it left the World Bank’s list of low-income countries, and gained lower-middle-income status. This advancement is the result of three decades of GDP...

Emre Eren Korkmaz
03 Apr, 2017

Due diligence and labour rights – migrants and refugees in the textile sector

On 8 February 2017, in Paris, the OECD announced its Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector during a Roundtable on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear...

Ingrid Jooren
30 Mar, 2017

Still there: volunteering at Nea Kavala refugee camp, Northern Greece

Not many people asked me why I went volunteering in Greece. The images of refugees in the camps in Greece and other parts of the Balkans, and those sleeping rough in temperatures of minus 15-20 degrees, as...

Bridget Azubuike
Rhiannon Moore
Caine Rolleston
Jack Rossiter
28 Mar, 2017

Bridging the gaps: diverse learning outcomes in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam

Educational attainment is as much about where a child goes to school as her home advantage. School systems vary widely in effectiveness – yet there is more nuance in the picture when we examine the overlap...

Alejandro Olayo Mendez
27 Mar, 2017

Humanitarianism from the ground: humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees in Mexico

‘As the freight train was passing, they kept shouting at us from the top of the wagons – “Give us the bread! Give us the bread! We are hungry!” The clamour was such that we could not do otherwise. We threw...

21 Mar, 2017

Sustainable pedagogies, at home and away

If human development involves ‘taking an interest in the lives that people actually lead’, then anthropology is its privileged interlocutor. Perhaps our most distinguishing feature is our methods....

Geraldine Adiku
15 Mar, 2017

'They say we don’t pay taxes': Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’, Yaa Mansa, a middle-aged Ghanaian woman told me when we met in London on a wet Wednesday evening in December of 2014. We met in a Congolese shop where she was working as a...

Gina Crivello
08 Mar, 2017

Tracing the links between girls’ unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment

That women’s economic empowerment and gender equality go hand in hand is being highlighted as part of this year’s International Women’s Day. The theme ‘Women in the Changing World of Work’ draws attention...