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Discussing Child Poverty in Singapore and Cairo

January 28, 2009


The new year started of with trips to the cities of Singapore and Cairo to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on children, social protection and children and the measurement of child poverty. The meetings were part of mixed research and policy conferences organized by UNICEF and an academic research conference organized by APPAM and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

On the 6th and 7th of January, high-level policy makers, development practitioners and academics were gathered at the UNICEF conference ” Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Children”, which was organized by the regional UNICEF office of the East Asia and Pacific Region (EAPRO). The impact of the triple-F crisis (Food, Fuel and Financial) on children and possible policy responses were discussed during the two-forum, engaging participants through plenary sessions, workgroup discussion meetings and background papers. More information can be found at the following website:

conference "Impact of Economic Crisis on Children"








The following two days, a number of attendees of the first conference stayed on to join an incoming group of researchers in the APPAM Conference on Asian Social Protection. Together with Martin Evans from the University of Oxford, I presented a draft paper on child poverty in relation to a social assistance scheme in Vietnam. The conference was primarily organized around parallel sessions, providing the opportunity to listen to different paper presentation on a wide range of topics relating to social protection policies in Asia. Many of these, including our paper, focused on the evaluations of specific policies in terms of targeting, poverty impact and efficiency. More information about this conference can be found on the following website:

The third week of January was spent in Cairo for the conference “Child Poverty and Disparities”, organized by UNICEF and the Government of Egypt. International researchers and, primarily Egyption, policy-makers were engaged during two days on the 19th and 20th of January to discuss the issue of child poverty in terms of measurement and definitions and the use of these for policy making. The conference aimed to bridge the gap between policy and academia and included special sessions dealing with the question of how research can help policy. During the first day, I presented in the plenary session on the development of the multidimensional child poverty approach in Vietnam and how this approach can add value to the policy debate. More information about the conference can be found at this website: 

But of course I did not only sit in the conference room but went out to one of the Wonders of the World!

Giza pyramids

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