Estimating the number of children in formal alternative care: challenges and results

Jun 1, 2017

The purpose of this paper is to provide a snapshot of the availability and coverage of data on children living in residential and foster care from some 142 countries covering more than 80 per cent of the world’s children. Utilizing these country-level figures, it is estimated that approximately 2.7 million children between the ages of 0 and 17 years could be living in institutional care worldwide. Where possible, the article also presents regional estimates of the number of children living in residential and foster care.

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Is every child counted? Status of data for children in the SDGs

Mar 6, 2017

“Is every child counted” provides a status report on the data availability of child related SDG indicators showing that sufficient data is available only for half of those. Many indicators, such as those on poverty and violence cannot be compared, and are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals. The report also identifies priorities for enhancing the collection, analysis and use of data for children.

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Birth Registration in Latin America and the Caribbean: Closing the Gaps

Sep 23, 2016

A name and nationality is every child’s right, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international treaties. This brochure sheds light on this issue – from where we stand today, to the children left behind and the progress and projections on birth registration data in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting Country Profiles

Aug 17, 2016

These statistical profiles present the latest available data on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) for 30 countries where FMG/C is concentrated. They provide figures on how widespread the practice of FGM/C is, when and how it is performed, and what women and men think about the practice. Trends in prevalence and attitudes are also presented.

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The State of the World’s Children 2016 Report

Jun 30, 2016

This edition of The State of the World’s Children argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is the defining condition for delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled. The flagship publication contains  the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being.

 

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The State of the World’s Children 2016 Statistical Tables

Jun 27, 2016

The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.

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Female genital mutilation/cutting: A global concern

Feb 3, 2016

This brochure draws on data from more than 90 nationally representative surveys making it the most up-to-date compilation of statistics on FGM/C.

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Risk factors associated with the practice of child marriage among Roma girls in Serbia

Feb 3, 2016

Relatively little research on the issue of child marriage has been conducted in European countries where the overall prevalence of child marriage is relatively low, but relatively high among marginalized ethnic subgroups. The purpose of this study is to assess the risk factors associated with the practice of child marriage among females living in Roma settlements in Serbia and among the general population and to explore the inter-relationship
between child marriage and school enrollment decisions.

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Child Protection Resource Pack

Jan 20, 2016

The purpose of this resource pack is to strengthen the evidence base of child protection through clear and practical guidance for improved planning and M&E practices and documentation of good practices and lessons learned, in line with the main approaches in UNICEF’s Child Protection Strategy (2008) and the refocus in UNICEF on monitoring results for equity. The resource pack is a joint initiative between the UNICEF Child Protection Section, the Data and Analytics Section (in the Division of Research and Policy), the Evaluation Office and the Field Results Group.

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A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa

Nov 23, 2015

This statistical profile presents key facts about the past, present and future of child marriage in Africa.

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Early Marriage: A traditional harmful practice – A statistical exploration

Oct 22, 2015

This study utilizes household survey data from the Demographic and Health Surveys to assess child marriage levels by country and provide further analysis of how child marriage correlates with additional indicators. For this analysis, data are analysed for countries with surveys conducted during 1995–2003. The surveys cover women aged 15–49. The objective of this study is to present available empirical evidence obtained through household surveys in order to estimate the prevalence of child marriage and to identify and understand the factors associated with child marriage and cohabitation. The report presents a global assessment of child marriage levels, differentials in child marriage rates according to socio-economic and demographic variables, characteristics of the union, and knowledge and access to sexual and reproductive health information and materials.

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Progress for Children Report

Jun 23, 2015

This eleventh edition of Progress for Children is UNICEF’s final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It presents latest data that show while the MDGs helped drive tremendous advances in the lives of the world’s children, development efforts in the past 15 years failed to reach millions of the most disadvantaged. The report spotlights where the international community must now focus attention and action to reach the most vulnerable children and achieve sustainable growth.

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The State of the World’s Children 2015

Nov 20, 2014

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. The Executive Summary features many of the elements that are highlighted in the main interactive online report, including the extraordinary stories of young innovators. It also presents key statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, areas and regions.

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Measuring Violence against Children – Inventory and assessment of quantitative studies – publication

Nov 3, 2014

The Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group’s (CP MERG) Technical Working Group on Data Collection on Violence against Children was established to provide guidance in this area and to produce outputs that can assist countries and partners in their efforts to gather data that are both reliable and useful and obtained in an ethically sensitive manner. The goal is to support, facilitate and coordinate the development of guidelines, standards and tools for the collection of data on violence against children at global, regional and national levels. With these objectives in mind, the Working Group decided to undertake a review of quantitative studies on violence against children to provide an overview of some recent data-collection activities that will feed into the development of guidelines.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children

Sep 4, 2014

Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children is the largest-ever compilation of data on the subject of violence against children. The report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries.

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Generation 2030 | Africa: Interactive visualization

Aug 12, 2014

Interactive animation visualizing key messages from the Generation 2030 | Africa report, detailing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.

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Generation 2030 | Africa: Child demographics in Africa

Aug 12, 2014

Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with over 1 billion inhabitants, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Jul 30, 2014

The MDGs brought together governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector to achieve concrete goals for development and poverty eradication. Much has been accomplished through the concerted and focused efforts of all, saving and improving the lives of many people, but the agenda remains unfinished.

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Ending Child Marriage: Progress and prospects

Jul 22, 2014

Ending child marriage will help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by allowing girls and women to participate more fully in society. Empowered and educated girls are better able to nourish and care for their children, leading to healthier, smaller families. When girls are allowed to be girls, everybody wins. This brochure explores the data and statistics behind those stories: the current situation of child marriage, lifelong – sometimes intergenerational – consequences, progress to date and prospects.

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The contribution of malaria control to maternal and newborn health

Jul 1, 2014

Today, easily implementable malaria control interventions are available to allow women to deliver healthy babies. The roll-out of two simple preventive measures, intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy (IPTp) and insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) is significantly associated with an 18% decrease in the risk of neonatal mortality.

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Data, children’s rights, and the new development agenda

May 20, 2014

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As people look to the future of human wellbeing, data will play an increasingly important part in identifying inequities and in informing and evaluating interventions so these are responsive and accountable to the world’s 2.2 billion children, especially those so far excluded from the benefits of development.

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Children in Africa 2014

May 1, 2014

This 8-page brochure presents key statistics on child survival, protection and development for children in Africa.

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Global Statistics on Children’s Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

Mar 13, 2014

Violence. Child labour. Trafficking. Sexual exploitation. Female genital mutilation/ cutting. Child marriage. Lack of official recording of births. Millions of children worldwide experience the worst kinds of rights violations. Millions more children, not yet victims, are inadequately protected against them. This document summarizes some of the main global monitoring activities in which UNICEF has played a lead role.

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Etude de l’UNICEF sur la pratique de l’excision

Feb 1, 2014

Présentation de Claudia Cappa, Section de la statistique et du suivi, UNICEF, sur les principaux résultats de l’étude de l’UNICEF sur les “Mutilations génitales féminines/excision : aperçu et étude statistique de la dynamique des changements

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State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts

Jan 8, 2014

The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Credible data, disseminated effectively and used correctly, make it possible to target interventions that help right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, gauging progress and holding duty bearers to account. Making the possible real is up to decision makers.

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Global Monitoring for Child Protection Brochure 2014

Jan 1, 2014

This brochure summarizes some of the main global monitoring activities for child protection in which UNICEF has played a lead role.

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Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration

Dec 12, 2013

Claudia Cappa and Tessa Wardlaw, Data & Analytics Section and Susan Bissell, Kendra Gregson and Kerry Neal, Child Protection Section, UNICEF.

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Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration

Dec 12, 2013

This publication presents the latest available data on the extent of unregistered children and assesses progress to date in increasing birth registration rates worldwide.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2013

Sep 9, 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths. Under the leadership of participating governments and in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for maternal, newborn and child survival.

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change, Executive Summary

Jul 22, 2013

This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysis of the data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence.

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change

Jul 22, 2013

This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysis of the data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence.

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Launch of the 2013 UNICEF’s report on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical review and exploration of the dynamics of change

Jul 2, 2013

Claudia Cappa, Data & Analytics Section and Francesca Moneti, Child Protection Section, UNICEF

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The Millennium Development Goals 2013; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2013

The UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 highlights how UNICEF, in close collaboration with UN agencies and Member States, is making a direct contribution to the dissemination and use of information for decision making.

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Countdown Country Profiles

May 1, 2013

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MICS Modules for Child Protection

Feb 13, 2013

Claudia Cappa and Attila Hancioglu, Data & Analytics Section, UNICEF

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The Millennium Development Goals 2012; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2012

In this edition of the MDG report, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations highlights several milestones in the foreword: “The target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline, as has the target of halving the proportion of people who lack dependable access to improved sources of drinking water. Conditions for more than 200 million people living in slums have been ameliorated—double the 2020 target. Primary school enrolment of girls equalled that of boys, and we have seen accelerating progress in reducing child and maternal mortality.”

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Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents: Number 10, April 2012

Apr 1, 2012

This edition of Progress for Children sets out who adolescents are, where they live, what they do, what their problems are and how their needs are – or are not – being met.

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The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

Feb 8, 2012

This edition of The State of the World’s Children explores the increasingly urban experience of childhood. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Jun 1, 2011

The UN Secretary General’s MDG Report 2011 presents the most up-to-date information on the progress made to reach the Millennium Development Goals by the internationally agreed deadline of 2015.

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Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

May 1, 2011

This statistical snapshot was prepared in June 2011 and summarizes available data on some of UNICEF’s key child protection indicators: birth registration, FGM/C, child discipline, child marriage, child labour, sexual violence against girls and attitudes towards wife-beating.

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The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescents: An Age of Opportunity

Feb 1, 2011

In the foreword to this State of the World’s Children 2011 edition, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF writes: “Adolescence is not only a time of vulnerability, it is also an age of opportunity. This is especially true when it comes to adolescent girls. We know that the more education a girl receives, the more likely she is to postpone marriage and motherhood – and the more likely it is that her children will be healthier and better educated. By giving all young people the tools they need to improve their own lives, and by engaging them in efforts to improve their communities, we are investing in the strength of their societies.

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Child Disciplinary Practices at Home: Evidence from a Range of Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Jan 1, 2011

The UNICEF report on Child Disciplinary Practices at Home addresses the development of a national research agenda on violence against children across settings where violence occurs.

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Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle: Sex disaggregated data on a selection of well-being indicators, from early childhood to young adulthood

Jan 1, 2011

This report presents the most comprehensive compilation to date of sex-disaggregated statistics on children and young people in the developing world.

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Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity: Number 9, September 2010

Sep 1, 2010

‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ is the focus of this ninth edition of Progress for Children, UNICEF’s report card series that monitors progress towards the MDGs.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

Jun 1, 2010

In this sixth edition of the MDG report published annually, a thorough review of the progress made toward reaching the MDGs by 2015 is presented. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, writes: “The Millennium Development Goals are still attainable.

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The Dynamics of Social Change: Towards the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting in five African countries

Jan 1, 2010

This Innocenti Insight publication examines the social dynamics of the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in five countries – Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and Sudan – and seeks to inform policies and programmes aimed at ending the practice.

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Long-term evaluation of the Tostan programme in Senegal: Kolda, Thiès and Fatick regions

Jan 1, 2008

The report presents the results of an evaluation conducted to assess the long-term impact of Tostan programme. Tostan is a non-governmental organization set up in Senegal in 1991 to encourage social change based on capacity-building at the community level.

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Child labour and school attendance: Evidence from MICS and DHS surveys

Jan 1, 2008

Child labour is one of the obstacles on the way to the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education. This paper presents data on child labour and school attendance from 35 household surveys that cover one quarter of the world’s population. The data were collected with Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) between 1999 and 2005. Estimates for child labour and school attendance are described at the aggregate level for each country, as well as disaggregated by age, sex, place of residence and household wealth.

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Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female genital mutilation/cutting, Innocenti Digest

Jan 1, 2008

This Innocenti Digest examines the prevalence of FGM/C and its social dynamics. It provides an explanation as to why the practice persists and of the elements necessary for its abandonment.

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Coordinated strategy to abandon FGM/C in one generation

Jan 1, 2007

This technical note describes a human rights-based approach to FGM/C programming and aims to provide guidance to programmers to bring about a large-scale abandonment of FGM/C in sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt and Sudan.

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Child labour, education and the principle of non-discrimination

Jan 1, 2005

UNICEF estimates that out of the 115 million children out of school, 62 million of them are girls. Many of these children work but traditional indicators of child labour often underestimate the amount of girls’ work because they ignore household chores. The human rights principle of non-discrimination requires that all work by children – whether of a domestic nature or not – be considered equally in the analysis of child labour. This paper presents estimates of child labour in sub-Saharan Africa that include household chores and thus reveal the discrimination against girls. The authors also investigate to what extent participation in child labour leads to lower school attendance and increased repetition and drop-out rates, and whether child labour affects girls and boys differently. The data in the study were collected in MICS and DHS household surveys from 18 African countries.

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical exploration

Jan 1, 2005

The object of this study is to present estimates of prevalence levels of FGM/C across and within countries, as well as the circumstances surrounding the practice.

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