Our work to date has shown significant inequalities persist within the Young Lives countries. Although the pro-poor design of the study precludes straight comparison between the richest and poorest sectors of society, it does allow us to look at the differences between Young Lives children and to analyse the mechanisms and processes that mean that inequality is perpetuated. We are particularly interested in differences associated with gender, ethnicity and caste, urban or regional residence, region, and family wealth.
These inequalities are of clear importance because of what they imply for children’s life-chances and because of what we can learn about the effectiveness of policy in delivering better outcomes for all children. Therefore we are increasingly disaggregating our data and synthesising findings and policy material from across the study to draw out messages situated in an analysis of political economy contexts and relevant policy debates.