Dynamics of childhood poverty
This area of our work explores how the different dimensions of poverty overlap and interact to influence different children’s life-chances.
Our work here focuses largely on the household level and aims to understand the factors that lead to improvements in the circumstances and livelihoods of some families and communities while others remain entrenched in poverty.
We also look at livelihoods and the effects of structural inequalities and processes on households, how families cope with adverse events and uncertainty, and their impact on children.
Our analysis includes the political, economic, social and environmental challenges and constraints experienced by Young Lives families. In this way we pay particular attention to policy measures and programmes that aim to support families and children.
The key questions are:
- How are inequalities changing over time and what is the impact of major trends such as economic growth or migration on poverty, children and their families?
- How does the poverty cycle function, and how can it be broken?
- What are the emerging sources of uncertainty and change for children?
- How do households manage, adapt and cope with risk, and how are children affected?