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The quality of group childcare settings used by 3-4 year old children in Sure Start Local Programme areas and the relationship with child outcomes

The UK’s Sure Start is set to tackle the cycle of social exclusion and child poverty through improved childcare, early education, health and family support. The programme utilises panel data rather than aggregate cross-sectional data in order to track the progress of the participating children. Doing so enables area-based comparisons of the rates of progress of child development over the years, resulting in the identification of disadvantaged areas and the services in need.

Coordination institutionnelle et socles de protection sociale

Uruguayan Social Cabinet for Intersectoral Coordination is one example of horizontal coordination. The Cabinet is presided by the Ministry of Social Development and brings together the Ministries of Economy and Finance, Education and Culture, Labour and Social Security, Public Health, Tourism and Sport, and Housing, Land Management and the Environment. The structure is tasked with creating and institutionalizing inter-sectoral linkages amongst the aforementioned important central-level bodies.

EFA global monitoring report

An example of early-stage interventions comes from Bangladesh, where the importance of targeting children in remote and rural areas in a proactive manner has been understood. A situational analysis identified ten different categories of exclusion-prone children. Based on these findings, the country developed an Action Plan that runs in addition to the traditional educational programs but seeks to enhance the inclusion of such vulnerable populations.

United Nations system- wide action plan on Youth Report

Cash transfers, conditions, school enrollment, and child work: evidence from a randomized experiment in Ecuador

One of the mechanisms employed for overcoming the gap between provision and uptake is conditional transfers. Imagine a poor family with several school-aged children (there is a potential demand for education), living right across the street from a public school, but not enrolled. Put simply, there is no supply-side limitation (the school exists, including teachers, textbooks etc.) and the (potential) demand exists as well, but they are not coming together.

Evaluating the impact of conditional cash transfer programs

United Nations e-government survey 2014

The “Mwana” project in Zambia, launched in 2010 with support from the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, has reduced delays in transmitting results from HIV test laboratories to health facilities via instant SMS message from 66 days to 33 on average in the country’s rural and underserved communities. In addition to strengthening early infant diagnosis and improving the rate of postnatal follow-up, Mwana proved successful in engaging with local health workers and service users in the co-design of m-health information services.

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