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The Egyptian Cabinet’s think tank and UNICEF launch a new initiative aimed at combating child poverty in developing countries

Cairo – December 30th, 2010 -- The Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched today a joint initiative to develop an ‘E-Workspace’ addressing the issue of child poverty as a global challenge that affect developing countries.

The ‘Policy E-Workspace on Multidimensional Child Poverty’ aims at promoting discussions on key policy issues and proposals related to the multidimensional definition of child poverty beyond the restricted concept of income poverty; as well as drawing attention of policy research institutes and decision makers, in developing countries, on the multidimensional nature of poverty.

The launch of the initiative was announced at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding attended by Dr. Magued Osman, Chairman, IDSC and Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt

The ‘Policy E-Workspace on Multidimensional Child Poverty’ comes under the framework of the Network of Think Tanks for Developing Countries (

Through this partnership both organizations agree to collaborate on several areas including:

• Raising awareness, improving knowledge and understanding among think tanks and policy communities about policy issues/proposals related to multidimensional child poverty in developing countries;
• Fostering high-level interdisciplinary research and scholarship on multidimensional child poverty in developing countries through expert analysis on key issues, organizing policy dialogues and publishing an e-newsletter.
• Coordinating policy research projects and consortia, as well as, disseminating results through publications, roundtable meetings, workshops and conferences.
• Advocating for multidimensional child poverty policy issues by capitalizing on think tanks access to decision makers, expertise, resources, networks and collective power;

• Communicating relevant policy proposals to media and decision makers in developing countries;


About the Network of Think Tanks for Developing Countries (NTTDC):

NTTDC is an international platform of think tanks interested in bringing peace and prosperity to developing nations. It is hosted by the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) and supported by a wide group of international donors. NTTDC seeks to work with global think tanks to foster collaboration on information sharing and research projects. Across developing countries, it aims to strengthen the capabilities of policy research institutes, as well as, the dissemination of rigorous policy proposals to decision makers. In order to achieve its mission, NTTDC, will endeavors also to cooperate and partner with different governments and international organizations.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work please visit:
For more information:

The Network of Think Tanks for Developing Countries Secretariat, Mr. Moustafa Moharram, (202) 0105056505,



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