Call for Papers:Putting children first: Identifying solutions & taking action to tackle poverty & inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Addis Ababa

This three-day international conference hosted by the Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), The Impact Initiative at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Save the Children, UNICEF and Young Lives.

The conference aims to engage policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa, and inspiring action towards change. The conference offers a platform for bridging divides across sectors, disciplines and policy, practice and research.

We would like to invite proposals on the following themes:

1) “Setting the scene: Who and where are the poor children?” This theme aims to provide insight into the plight of overlooked children, to strengthen data collection and measurement efforts to ensure that no child is overlooked in the future.
2) “Child-sensitive social protection: Making social protection work for children”. This theme aims to promote a better understanding of how social protection can be improved to help children, including links to services and the adoption of more child-oriented approaches.
3) “Ensuring access to basic services for all: Reaching the poorest and most marginalised children”. This theme aims to gain insight into how access to services can be secured for the most excluded and marginalised, including views on how to remove specific barriers and involve a social workforce and community-based mechanisms.
4) “Supporting secure transitions to adulthood”. This theme aims to explore how the ‘youth bulge’ can be considered a ‘demographic dividend’ and how young people can be supported in the transition to adulthood with regard to education, work, family and aspirations.

Proposals can consist of traditional paper presentations, but we also encourage innovative and interactive modes of engagement with research and policy in the respective themes.

Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and insurance. A limited number of travel grants are available.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 16 April 2017

The abstract must not exceed 500 words (one page) and must include: the title of the proposed submission, a presentation of the subject and mode of engagement, the central argument, and key references. A CV no longer than one page must also be submitted, including a list of recent publications. The abstract and CV must be submitted electronically at the University of Bergen, follow this link to it: 

Committee will notify accepted participants of their selection by 15 May 2017 with guidelines for the format of the final submission (research paper or other format depending on proposed engagement) to be submitted by 25 September 2017.


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