BLOG: It is arguably not an exaggeration to say that stunting is a mainstay approach to judging the ill-health of children and cumulative under-investment in childhood.

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Every year, the Birdsall House Conference on Women brings together leading academics and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research focused on improving outcomes for women in low- and middle-income countries. The theme of this year’s event is “Early Childhood Development Through a Gender Lens: Designing Policies that Work for the Whole Family.”

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Governments and donors are increasingly focused on the use of evidence in evaluating human development programs and setting policy priorities. This master class will provide early career researchers with cutting-edge methodological tools for experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation of early childhood development interventions. The course is intended for current PhD students and recent graduates whose doctoral work is focused on early childhood development, education, development economics, or public policy.

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This paper analyzes social protection policies for families and early childhood1 focusing on three main policies: family allowances and other types of monetary transfers for families with children, work leaves2 and early childhood education and care (ECEC) policies worldwide. It analyzes the design and reform of policies which protect families with children and early childhood comparing Latin America with other regions in the world.

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The Baby’s First Years (BFY) research team is pleased to announce the successful completion of participant enrollment. In this inaugural BFY bulletin, we describe a few of the study sample characteristics and upcoming plans. The Baby’s First Years study assesses the impact of cash transfers on infants’ cognitive, emotional, and brain development.

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Promoting Early Childhood Development Through Combining Cash Transfers and Parenting Programmes

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 9 May 2019. In this webinar, presenters have summarized key conclusions from the review of 10 examples of combining cash transfer and parenting interventions and talked about four models for structuring the combination: integrated, convergence, alignment, and piggy-backing. They also highlighted promising evidence for combining the interventions, where adding the parenting program to the cash transfer program has improved some parental practices and child development outcomes, with results in cognition and language.

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This working paper launches a new series of publications that identify good practice in enabling the inclusion of persons with disabilities in social protection systems and programmes. It finds that South Africa’s lifecycle system of social security transfers for disabled people, one of the such systems in low- and middle-income countries, has overall had a major positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities.

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Early childhood is a crucial stage for the physical, cognitive and emotional development of people. All children have the right to achieve the full development of their capabilities and potentialities; yet in Argentina, in spite of significant progress, the rights of children are still being undermined.The current state of affairs reveals that during the last decade Argentina has experienced an ‘infantilisation’ of poverty, as in spite of a decline, over 44% of children live in poverty.

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Principles of Child and Gender Sensitive Social Protection

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