Who we are

Who we are

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

The study is unique in that it directly links the evidence-base of research to policymakers and planners, both in the study countries and internationally.

Young Lives is a collaborative research project coordinated by a team based at the University of Oxford led by Professor Jo Boyden. Our research partners in each study country represent a range of government, independent and academic institutions, alongside the international NGO Save the Children Fund.

The strength of Young Lives lies in the knowledge, expertise, skills and diversity of the international team. It draws together experts in the field of childhood poverty across a wide range of disciplines – ranging from anthropology, economics, education, health and nutrition, psychology, social policy, sociology, policy and research communication. It is the composition of the whole team that lends Young Lives its unique character and potential.

Young Lives is core-funded from 2001 to 2017 by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and co-funded by Irish Aid from 2014 to 2015. We are grateful to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for co-funding from 2010 to 2014.

Read our leaflet

Young Lives leaflet 2010

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