Press Centre 2008/06/10: Child Protection

Call for Papers: First International Forum for the Developing Countries Think Tanks

UNICEF Egypt–sponsored International Conference:
Child Poverty and Disparities: Public Policies for Social Justice

Cairo, Egypt, January 2009

UNICEF Egypt is organising an international conference on Child Poverty and Disparities: Public Policies for Social Justice within the framework of the First International Forum for the Developing Countries Think Tanks. The conference serves as a platform for innovative thinking on social policy and children’s rights that will bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners as well as university students to exchange experiences and discuss proposals for inclusive and child–sensitive public social and economic child poverty reduction policies based on scientific evidence.


Many countries have so far been unable to set an economic agenda that eliminates poverty at the rate foreseen by the MDGs and which is required to achieve the rights of the child. Furthermore inequalities have persisted or even increased in certain cases and although children tend to constitute around 40% of the total population of most countries, their rights and special needs are often placed below other priorities — leading to lost opportunities in terms of both human and economic development.

Call for papers

The conference organisers welcome proposals for presentations from academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners. University students and recent graduates are particularly encouraged to respond. The presentations at the conference may be in any of the following formats:

  1. Individual paper presentations of applied research or documented experiences;
  2. Poster presentations on research findings or successful experiences and
  3. Post–graduate feedback sessions regarding ongoing research projects.

Papers and presentations submitted should focus either on Egypt specifically or should discuss relevant applied research and experiences reporting on policy proposals that could possibly be transposed to the Egyptian context. Papers and presentations should:

  1. have a solid methodological approach, be it quantitative or qualitative;
  2. have a strong evidence base and
  3. discuss implications for inclusive public policies that advance children’s rights and reduce their vulnerability to the multidimensional notion of poverty.

Selected papers, presentations and research projects will address at least one of the following themes:

  1. Policy implications of child poverty from a children’s rights perspective with a focus on:
    1. education deprivation and/or
    2. health deprivation and/or
    3. nutrition deprivation and/or
    4. deprivation of social protection and/or
    5. deprivation of social support systems for children at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.
  2. Child and adolescent participation in research and development to achieve child rights.


Presentations of selected papers, research projects as well as poster presentations at the conference may be in either English or Arabic. However, proposals (abstracts) and final papers should be submitted in English.

Financial assistance

Small grants covering accommodation can be provided to scholars and students from developing countries who are presenting papers or projects. Anyone wishing to apply for financial assistance with accommodation should please specify in the Proposal Submission Form.


31 October, 2008 — Deadline for proposal submissions which should be sent to UNICEF Egypt.

30 November, 2008 — Selection of papers, poster presentations and research projects.

15 December, 2008 — Deadline for final paper, poster and research project submissions.

Mid–January, 2009 — Conference.

Those wishing to make a presentation at the conference should:

For more information:

Dennis Arends, Chief, Social Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation, UNICEF Egypt.

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