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Assessing child well-being in developing countries: making policies work for children

Shirley Gatenio Gabel and Sheila B. Kamerman

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9781847424822
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.003.0010
Assessing child well-being in developing countries: making policies work for children

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Indicators of child well being grew exponentially in the last four decades in both industrialized and developing countries. While efforts continue to develop comparative indicators of child well-being across countries, far less attention is focused on generating organized and comparative data on policies affecting children in developing countries and related outcome measures. This paper summarizes the history and trends in measuring child well-being and policies and examines the availability of data to create a global database on child policies and policy outcomes. Numerous efforts are currently underway to develop composite indicators of child well-being at all geographic levels but these indicators are unlikely to be tied to existing and emerging child policies. A paradigm for categorizing child policies and outcome measures across countries is offered. The lack of comparative data on policies affecting children in developing countries and outcomes is seen as an obstacle to furthering the development of policies that promote child well-being.

Keywords: Child well-being; child policies; comparative; developing countries; indicators

Chapter.  5374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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