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UNICEF highlights Bristol’s exemplary research

21 July 2011

UNICEF, the United Nation’s children's organisation, has highlighted two University of Bristol projects as examples of outstanding research that will have a real impact on improving the lives of children.

Work by researchers in the School for Policy Studies, looking at child poverty in Morroco, and public policy and child rights in Egypt, respectively, is featured in a UNICEF compendium of 12 exemplary projects on child-focused social and economic policy.

The UNICEF report, entitled Knowledge for action: Emerging experiences in child-focused social and economic policy, aims to share knowledge and experiences and showcase work that will inform government policy and ultimately improve conditions for children around the world.

The Morocco study, Institutionalisation of multidimensional approach to child poverty measurement, is a follow-up to the first-ever child poverty study conducted in Morocco in 2007 as part of the UNICEF Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities. It builds on University of Bristol research and aims to create an information system to improve the monitoring of children’s situation and updated data on child labour within the country’s national labour survey.

Egypt: Collaboration with academia results in Diploma Course on Public Policy and Child Rights reports on a postgraduate course established in response to the urgent need for building a cadre of professionals capable of advocating and implementing children’s rights policies.

David Gordon, Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice in the School for Policy Studies, said: ‘The inclusion of these projects in the UNICEF report demonstrates the impact that our work is having on international policies and actions to improve children’s lives.’

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