Child poverty, knowledge and policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Nicola Jones and Andy Sumner

in Child poverty, evidence and policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301691 | DOI:
Child poverty, knowledge and policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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This chapter deals with children and the knowledge–policy interface in Latin America. It briefly outlines the extent and nature of child poverty and well-being across Latin America using the 3D well-being approach and reflects on the characteristics of the knowledge-generation process in this region. The chapter discusses opportunities and challenges involved in the knowledge–policy interface surrounding child well-being in Latin America, paying particular attention to the role of the media in shaping policy debates in the region and the rise of civil society in demanding greater accountability and transparency over the last two decades. It presents a case study of evidence-informed policy change in the context of an NGO-led initiative aimed at mainstreaming children's rights into macro-policy debates about trade liberalization, good governance, and service delivery in Peru.

Keywords: children; knowledge–policy interface; Latin America; child poverty; macro-policy debates; trade liberalization; good governance; service delivery

Chapter.  8362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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