Knowledge, Evidence, and Narratives on Child Poverty and Covid-19: Post-pandemic Research Agenda

The evidence base around the impact of Covid-19 on multi-dimensional child poverty is rapidly expanding.  New data suggests large increases in poverty, and shows many adverse consequences for children and families. It also provides increasingly more evidence of policy impact – positive and negative. But what do we actually know? What do we NOT know? What should the research agenda on social inclusion be in a post-COVID world? Should social protection and social inclusion be understood and conceptualized in new alternative ways? What evidence is needed to advocate for, and propose concrete policy interventions? This session takes stock of the mounting evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on child poverty to consider what do we know, and what we still need to know moving forward.


  • Annie Namala, Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion
  • Fadia Kiwan, Arab Women Organization
  • Grace Bantebya-Kyomyhendo, Makerere University
  • Yisak Tafere, The Research on Improving Systems of Education Programme
  • Katja Hujo, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development


  • Keetie Roelen, Institute of Development Studies