Policy advocacy and partnership for children’s rights

Social policy: The issue

 

Resources

 

Statistical Pocketbook South-economic Indicators for South Asia
February 2010

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Achieving Child Wellbeing and Equality
Towards a New Understanding of Child Poverty and Deprivations
Regional Conference, 1-3 November 2009,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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The Social Sector in the Maldives: An Overview and Policy Ideas for Reform
UNICEF ROSA, October 2009

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Resource Kit : Social and Economic Policy
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Learning from KM Experience, Report of Information and Knowledge Managment, UNICEF ROSA, April 2008

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Papers

UNICEF Regional Policy Makers’ Symposium on Social Protection in South Asia
Dhaka, April 2008, Synthesis Report
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Social Policy, Social Protection and Child Protection, October 2007
Note prepared for UNICEF Child Protection Advisors’ Meeting, 9 October 2007.
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MDG-based Planning for Development: Policy Interface and Synergies of Outcomes for South Asia: Report of Millennium Development Goals-related Policy and Programme Review, July 2007

This report is based on the regional inter-agency consultations on the MDGI initiative of UNICEF ROSA, UNDP Regional Centre Colombo, and UNFPA Country Support Team, held in Kathmandu, 14-15 May 2007. The regional inter-agency consultations aimed to enrich the discussion around policies for MDG achievement as well as fill in some of the gaps in MDG implementation approaches and their integration into national development strategies. This included identifying interventions that would accelerate MDG achievement; examining unexplored areas, such as child protection and legal empowerment, which, as cross-cutting areas, have potential to improve achievement across all the MDGs; as well as looking more closely at the benefits provided by joining up economic and social development.  The regional inter-agency consultations were, therefore, an opportunity to discuss policy areas, strategies and interventions for MDG achievement and explore ways in which the agencies could collaborate in assisting the governments achieve the MDGs. This was an occasion to strengthen partnerships around policy level work by the agencies, which are increasingly moving away from stand-alone MDG target projects focusing on isolated and micro-ised implementation and into upstream policy and systems discourse.
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Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes and Their Impact on Children in South Asia Workshop. The Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 25 January 2007
Meeting report.
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The Economic and Social Environment in South Asia 2006: Implications for Children
By  Gabriele Koehler and Mariana Stirbu, UNICEF ROSA. February 2007 
Of the 1.5 billion people living in the 8 countries of South Asia, 584 million are children and adolescents. They represent 40% of the region’s population and one quarter of the world’s children. How are these children and young people faring in this complex and heterogeneous region – poised for economic excellence in some cases; mired in civil strife in others? As this note aims to show: the region’s economic and social potential has not, in the past few years, translated into better results for children.
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Social Policy in South Asia: Towards Universal Coverage and Transformation for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
Analytical report based on the workshop held on Transformative Social Policy in South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 24-25 May 2006 sponsored by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC), and the  United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
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A New Push towards Achieving the MDGs in South Asia: Reflections on Transformative Social Policy and the Welfare State. Paper presented  Gabriele Koehler at Social Policy in South Asia: Towards Universal Coverage and Transformation for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 24-25 May 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Children and Caste-based Discrimination: Policy Concerns
Paper presented by Annie Namala at Social Policy in South Asia: Towards Universal Coverage and Transformation for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 24-25 May 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Social Policy in a Developmental and Political Context
Paper presented by Peter Utting at Social Policy in South Asia: Towards Universal Coverage and Transformation for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 24-25 May 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Past, Present and Future: Child Labour and the Inter-generational Transmission of Poverty
Paper presented by Naila Kabeer at Social Policy in South Asia: Towards Universal Coverage and Transformation for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 24-25 May 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
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The UN and Social Policy
Paper presented by Jomo Kwame Sundaram at Social Policy in South Asia: Towards Universal Coverage and Transformation for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 24-25 May 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Speeches

MDGs and Transformative Social Policy: The Urgent Agenda for South Asia
Statement by Cecilia Lotse, Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) at  the South Asia Millennium Development Goal Forum, High-Level Panel Session on National Strategies and Approaches in Reaching the MDGs, Kathmandu, Nepal, 11-12 October 2006
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Publications

Statistical Pocketbook Socio-economic Indicators for South Asia

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The Millennium Development Goals: Progress and Challenges in South Asia, 2006
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South Asia Booklet on Child-relevant Socioeconomic Indicators, 2006
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The State of the SAARC Child 2005
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The State of South Asia's Children, 2005
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Investing in Children: Securing Our Future - A South Asia Report, 2004
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Children of South Asia: Our Future, Our Legacy - Investing in Children,  Fulfilling Commitments, 2002
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Kathmandu Understanding: Investing in Children in South Asia, South Asia  High Level Meeting on Investing in Children, Kathmandu, Nepal, 22-23 May 2001
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Investing in South Asian Children: a Background Paper for the South Asia High Level Meeting on Investing in Children, Kathmandu, Nepal, 22-23 May 2001
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Links

SAARC Convention on Regional Arrangements for the Promotion of Child Welfare in South Asia
(signed in Kathmandu on January 5, 2002)

SAARC Social Charter
(Signed in Islamabad on January 4, 2004)

The Millennium Development Goals Asia and the Pacific website

 

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