What we do

What we do

Young Lives is a unique international study of childhood poverty following the changing lives of 12,000 children in 4 countries – Ethiopia, India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru and Vietnam - over 15 years.

We are following two groups of children in each country:

  • 2,000 children who were born in 2001-02; and
  • 1,000 children who were born in 1994-95.

Through a household survey, interspersed with in-depth interviews, group work and case studies, we are collecting a wealth of information not only about the children's material and social circumstances, but also their perspectives and aspirations, set against the environmental and social realities of their communities.

The fact that our work spans 15 years in the lives of these children – covering all ages from early infancy into young adulthood – means that we are also able to examine how children change over time, whether growing up in rural or urban contexts, poor or not-so-poor areas, in large families or as migrants, and a variety of other factors.

We completed fieldwork for Round 4 of the household and child survey in early 2014 and have released preliminary findings. We expect to archive the Round 4 data in late 2015.

Young Lives cohort study design


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"Nothing is impossible for me"

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We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.