Poverty alleviation is a crucial component to achieving Save the Children’s global strategy of child survival, learning, and protection from violence. While many studies suggest that economic strengthening programmes can lead to many benefits to children of beneficiaries, other studies show that programmes may have an insignificant, inconclusive, or even harmful effect on children.
In order to develop relevant child poverty programmes, it is crucial to understand the linkages between commonly measured economic strengthening results at the household level and the less-understood results of these programmes for children.
This toolkit is a Child Poverty Global Theme product with inputs from colleagues around the world in Bangladesh, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, UK, and US as well as colleagues from the East and Southern Africa Regional Office, the West and Central Africa Regional Office and the Asia Regional Office. The toolkit responds to the need for practical guidance in poverty alleviation programming to actively ensure positive impacts on children’s lives.
- Flexible and adaptive programme design and implementation to ensure “do no harm” to children.
- Accountability of project teams to children and caregivers.
- Take a rights-based approach.
- Aim for gender transformative programming
- Collaborate closely with other sectors (i.e. using an integrated approach) to address all root causes of children’s deprivations (including and beyond poverty).
- Use innovative and evidence-based approaches to enhance PA interventions (e.g. tackling
behaviouralbarriers to improve children’s wellbeing by incorporating a Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) component).