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Linking action on poverty and child protection: what do we know? what are the gaps?

Time (GMT +01) 12:30 14:00
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Andrea Torres – Ministry of Social Development/ National Co-ordinator of Chile Crece Contigo (Chile Grows with You)
Reinhard Fichtl – Programme Director, UBS Optimus Foundation
Annabel Erulkar – Country Director, Population Council
Bekele Tefera - Consultant Practitioner, Ethiopia

Lorraine van Blerk – Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee

Caroline Harper
-  Senior Research Fellow, Social Development Programme


Gordon Brown has recently announced a campaign to reduce the number of child brides in the developing world - interest in the subject has been 'conspicuous by its abscence'. The campaign will be rooted through the Global Fund, focusing on education to reduce poverty and illliteracy amongst girls. This activity, and others like it, raise a series of questions which the Social Development Programme at ODI and the Oak Foundation are looking to answer (including on the subject of child marriage). 

What does the evidence on linkages between child protection and broader anti-poverty action look like? What are key gaps that need to be filled?What are the implications for future knowledge and action? 

ODI and the Oak Foundation host a public event to discuss these very questions. With particular attention afforded to the areas of violence against children, sexual abuse and exploitation, early marriage and inadequate care/ neglect of children we will also discuss lessons from other areas of child protection.