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News: Putting Children First podcast - Keetie Roelen & Yisak Tafere

Photo (cropped): Children in Danchira Village, Ghana. Photo credit: Ian Muttoo/Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0



Despite important strides in the fight against poverty in the last few decades, child poverty remains widespread and persistent, particularly in Africa.

Two-thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living conditions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence. One in five children in sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to grow up in extreme “monetary” poverty, meaning they live in families without adequate incomes to make basic ends meet.
In this month’s episode of Between the Lines, researcher Keetie Roelen from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Yisak Tafere from the Policy Institute, Ethiopia, discuss their co-edited book “Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa”. 
They outline some of the initiatives aiming to reduce child poverty and how they hope that this book will push the frontiers by challenging existing narratives, exploring alternative understandings of the complexities and dynamics underpinning child poverty and, crucially, examining policy options that work
Interviewing Keetie and Yisak is IDS Research Associate, Sir Richard Jolly.
Between the lines is a podcast series which explores books with ideas for positive social and environmental change. It is produced and edited by Sarah King, IDS Communications Coordinator. 

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