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Young Lives

Young Lives is an innovative long-term international research project investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty. The project seeks to:

  • improve understanding of the causes and consequences of childhood poverty and to examine how policies affect children’s well-being
  • inform the development and implementation of future policies and practices that will reduce childhood poverty
Young Lives is tracking the development of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam through quantitative and qualitative research over a 15-year period. Since 2002, Young Lives have been following two groups of children:

  • 2000 children in each country who were aged between 6 months and 17 months in 2002
  • 1000 children in each country aged between 7.5 years old and 8.5 years old in 2002.
The project is unique in that it is engaging in policy influencing work both in the study countries and internationally and directly links evidence-based research to policymakers and planners. The research results, therefore, are being used to make a difference to the quality of children's lives.

Published Documents

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Patterns and drivers of internal migration among youth in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam
M.F. Gavonel / Young Lives 2017
There is general consensus in literature on migration that migrants are primarily young people. During the transition to adulthood, young people make important choices regarding education, labour force participation, and famil...
Comparison of the effects of government and private preschool education on the developmental outcomes of children: evidence from Young Lives India
R. Singh; P. Mukherjee / Young Lives 2017
Over the past two decades the importance given to preschool education as laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development has been increasingly recognised. India’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2012–17) has concept...
Maternal undernutrition and childbearing in adolescence and offspring growth and development: is adolescence a critical window for interventions against stunting?
L. Benny; P. Dornan; A. Georgiadis / Young Lives 2017
Maternal undernutrition and adolescent childbearing are prevalent in low- and middle-income countries and have harmful consequences for children. However, less is known on whether these implications persist throughout the offs...
Young women’s household bargaining power in marriage and parenthood in Ethiopia
N. Chuta / Young Lives 2017
In Ethiopian government policy, marriage under the age of 18 is considered ‘early marriage’ or ‘child marriage’ and is categorised as a harmful traditional practice. Efforts to tackle harmful traditional pr...
Understanding children’s experiences of violence in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India: evidence from Young Lives
V. Morrow; R. Singh / Young Lives 2016
Physical and emotional violence towards children in India appears to be so widespread that it is often difficult to trace the direct effects of poverty; the findings suggest that a range of factors appear to play a role, espec...
Understanding children’s experiences of violence in Ethiopia: evidence from Young Lives
A. Pankhurst; N. Negussie; E. Mulugeta / Young Lives 2016
Violence affecting children in many forms is widespread in Ethiopia, and indeed in sub-Saharan Africa more generally. Physical, emotional and sexual violence in the home and community are commonplace; however, the underlying f...
Understanding children’s experiences of violence in Peru: evidence from Young Lives
G. Guerrero; V. Rojas / Young Lives 2016
In Peru, violence is considered a major public health concern. In the last 20 years, there have beens ignificant efforts to prevent, punish and eradicate violence, particularly in the case of violence against women. Neverthele...
Understanding children’s experiences of violence in Viet Nam: evidence from Young Lives
Vu Thi Thanh Huong / Young Lives 2016
Despite the fact that the Vietnamese Government has issued many laws and regulations to protect children from harm and exploitation, research has shown that violence against children in Viet Nam is widespread. With the aim of ...
The interplay between community, household and child level influences on trajectories to early marriage in Ethiopia
A. Pankhurst; A. Tiumelissan; N. Chuta / Young Lives 2016
Child marriage is a global concern and a priority issue for the African Union; the Ethiopian government has devised a strategy to eliminate the practice by 2025. This paper analyses Young Lives survey and qualit...
Child marriage and early child-bearing in India: risk factors and policy implications
J. Roest / Young Lives 2017
Prevalence rates of child marriage and early child-bearing have been declining across India over the past two decades, but absolute numbers remain high. This paper uses data collected from 3,000 children over 15 years in Andhr...
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