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Early childhood development : a powerful equalizer

IRWIN, Lori G.
SIDDIQI, Arjumand
HERTZMAN, Clyde
June 2007

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This report sees an indivisible link between early childhood development and improved rates of child survival and child health, and considers that this lays the basis for adults who can make a positive contribution to the community - both socially and economically. While it acknowledges that early childhood development is of global importance it stresses its value in resource-poor countries. It gathers evidence which shows priority associations between social determinants for health and health inequalities across different country contexts. This report is for governments, international agencies and civil society partnerships and is intended to stimulate societal debate on action around social determinants for health within the context of early childhood development

Rights-based monitoring and evaluation : a discussion paper

THEIS, Joachim
April 2003

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This paper presents a rights-based approach to monitoring and evaluating changes in human and children's rights. Monitoring is an essential tool for the promotion of human rights, and a right-based perspective allows programme managers to measure the impact of interventions in terms of changes in a series of dimensions: in the lives of children and young people, in policies and practice affecting children's rights, in children's ability to participate as active citizens and to enjoy non-discriminatory treatment, and in the capacity of the community and civil society to support their rights. Annexes include outlines of child rights programming approaches and an example of rights-based monitoring of HIV/AIDS with a selection of possible indicators. The paper is aimed at UN agencies, donors and NGOs working with children

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