Young Lives receives further funding from DFID for 'Young Lives at Work'

10 March 2020

Young Lives is delighted that the Department of International Development (DFID) has awarded £9.4 million in new funding to continue our longitudinal study into children and youth around the world.

'Young Lives at Work' will run up to March 2024 and enable Young Lives to continue our research investigating young peoples’ transitions into adulthood, with a significant focus on access to the labour market.

‘‘Our Young Lives ‘children’ are now young adults; ensuring that this generation of young people access decent work is one of the greatest challenges of the achievement of sustainable development and gender equality.  This new funding will enable us to explore the determinants of young people’s successful transition into the labour market, further education and realising their potential.”

Diego Sanchez- Ancochea, Head of the Department of International Development and Young Lives’ Interim Director 

At the heart of Young Lives is a quantitative survey, consisting of a child and household questionnaire, first carried out in 2002 (Round 1) and most recently in 2016 (Round 5). This new award from DFID will fund Round 6 and part of Round 7 of this survey in all four study countries. 

Young Lives will also use this funding as a springboard to help secure further donor funds to support complementary qualitative research to deepen our understanding of young people’s everyday experiences, further research analysis and global policy and communications work.

Studying the life trajectories of the Young Lives ‘children’ offers a unique opportunity to examine, among other topics, who is most likely to recover from a childhood in poverty, at what age, in which circumstances and with what implications for participation in the labour market and entrepreneurship. We are currently in the field testing a number of innovative components for these new survey rounds.  We look forward to sharing more about this and the new research in due course"

Marta Favara, Young Lives Deputy Director and Co-Principal Investigator