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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Literature reviews

This desk review surveys existing literature and research on the effects of traditional and religious practices surrounding child marriage on Africa’s socio-economic development. The review is the first part of a study that will also include field visits by the AU Special Rapporteur on Ending Child Marriage.

Although religious and traditional leaders may in the past have been the primary instigators and defenders of harmful practices against children, the research covered here offers proof and encouragement for the view that with the appropriate interventions they now may become key instruments – and in fact leaders – of the movement to end such practices.

PAN:Children literature reviews provide a short digest of evidence related to a specific child rights issue and this discussion of the relevant literature presents a useful summary of current debates. This literature note focuses on the key factors that influence adolescents towards alcohol and drug abuse.

Child participation

This selective and annotated bibliography presents resources on child and youth participation from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. The main audiences for this resource guide are practitioners and managers involved in promoting child and youth participation in government, community-based organizations, child-led organizations, NGOs and UN and donor agencies.

A 74-page literature review of what works in supporting children and young people to overcome persistent poverty. The  review was initially commissioned to explore the questions:

  • What works in supporting children and young people to break the intergenerational poverty cycle?
  • What factors and interventions might work to help poor children achieve a positive outcome in adulthood?
  • What factors enable some children born into poverty to ‘buck the trend’ in terms of their predicted life trajectories?
  • What strategies and practices can support the development of resilience among poor children and young people?
Document(s): PDF icon ECD.pdf

One in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to the topic and highlight practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing.

One in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to the topic and highlight practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing.

Child protection is one in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to the topic and highlight practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing.

Child food and nutrition security is one in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to the topic and highlight practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing.

This is one in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to youth and employment. It highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing.

Children's Participation is one in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to child participation in issues that affect them. It highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing. The focus is on: tThe mismatch between the level of legislative protection of the right of children to participate and the recognition and implementation of the right at all levels of government and within social structures at a community and family level, culture and custom is a barrier to participation of children, access to information for children is a key barrier to exercising their rights to participate, and,limited understanding amongst all stakeholders of the value of children’s participation as an added value to the policy-making / decision-making process.

The right to education for children aged 5-18 years is one in a series of topical guides developed for PAN:Children that provides key information on the current state of affairs in South Africa related to  access to quality education. It highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies (both national and international) that will be helpful in policy development dialogue and knowledge sharing.

Outputs from ODI RAPID evidence-based policymaking project. Aims to identify lessons and approaches from evidence-based policymaking in the UK which may be valuable for progressive policymakers in developing countries. It responds to a repeated call from partners in the South to understand more about what is happening in the UK regarding evidence-based policy and what can they learn from the UK experience.

Explores the latest thinking on social exclusion within development studies and the more historical debates  concerning the ways in which processes of 'adverse ­incorporation', closure' and 'marginalisation' work to impoverish regions, sectors and people.­
A paper with a literature review of the key questions, methods and findings of investigations and an annotated bibliography which lists and summarises relevant works.
Extensive literature review on kno­wledge and policy in the health and education sectors.
Includes a literature review and links to relevant online resources.
This review applied a systematic protocol to the identification and retrieval of published and unpublished documents relating to the impacts of employment guarantee schemes and cash transfers on the poor. ­