Dr Javier Escabal, Principal Investigator, Young Lives Peru
Dr Nicola Ansell, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University
Dr Edward Anderson, Research Officer, ODI
Debates on the consequences of globalisation mostly ignore issues related to children – particularly their wellbeing, rights and poverty experiences. However globalisation and trade liberalisation are likely to have a major impact on the lives of poor children and their families. Given that children comprise a significant proportion of the population in developing countries, and that impacts on children’s welfare and poverty status tend to have a long-term effect on their development over their life-course, any discussion of the social impacts of trade must be approached from a child-sensitive perspective.
At this meeting, Dr. Javier Escobal, of the Young Lives Project, spoke about these issues, with a particular focus on the potential impacts of the Peru-USA Free Trade Agreement.