Bergen Exchanges: Child Poverty and Social Protection in Central and Western Africa
18 August 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:30 CEST
For this year’s Bergen Exchanges, GRIP is hosting a session “Child Poverty and Social Protection in Central and Western Africa” on August 18. You can attend the event physically or watch it online.
The Bergen Exchanges are an annual event taking place in Bergen in August each year. It is a meeting place for scholars and practitioners from across the globe who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change. The main focus of 2021 Bergen Exchanges will be on Inequality, Autocratization dynamics and Child Rights.
GRIP’s session is a book launch of a recently published Open Access book “Child Poverty and Social Protection in Central and Western Africa” that will be followed by a roundtable discussions on the central topics of the book.
About the book
Child poverty is distinct, conceptually, and different, quantitatively, from adult poverty. It requires its own independent measurement—otherwise half of the population in developing countries may be unaccounted for when assessing poverty reduction. This book posits that child poverty should be measured based on constitutive rights of poverty, using a multi-dimensional approach. The argument is supported by chapters actually applying and expanding this approach. In addition, the case is made that the underlying drivers of child poverty are inequality, lack of access to basic social services, and the presence of families without any type of social protection. As a result, the case for social protection in contributing to reduce and eliminate child protection and its consequences is made. This book deals jointly with multi-dimensional child poverty and social protection in Western and Central Africa. It focuses both on extent and types of social protection coverage and assesses various child poverty trends in the region. More importantly, it looks at social protection to prevent and address the consequences of child poverty. You can read more about the book and access it here.