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The impact of the global food, fuel, and financial crises and policy responses: A child-sensitive approach

9th - 10th November, 2009
Overseas Development Institute, London, UK




The conference will convene development practitioners, policy experts and academic researchers from around the world to examine the ways in which the food and fuel price volatility, financial market volatility and global economic slowdown are affecting children and youth in both developing and developed countries and recommend policy responses.

Submitted papers draw upon original research, evidence from past crises or first-hand policy-making experience to advance the discussion of how best to ensure children's access to services during and after the crisis.

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Speakers and Schdule

Key speakers included:

  • Richard Morgan, UNICEF
  • Diane Elson, Essex University
  • Caroline Harper, ODI
  • Isabel Oritz, Associate Director, UNICEF Policy and Practice Group


Key sessions:

  • Panel 1: Lessons learned in past crises and expectations for the    current crisis

     - Sanjeev Gupta’s opening presentation

  • Panel 2: From potential threat to current realities: emerging impacts on children of the current crisis
  • Panel 3: Childhood and vulnerability: compounding risk during crises

     - Jody Heymann’s opening presentation

  • Recovery with a Human Face: Discussion with authors of UNICEF’s ‘Adjustment with a human face’ on what has and hasn’t been learnt from past experiences

     - The 2008-09 crisis and developing countries: implications for poverty

  • Panel 4: Including children in policy responses: past lessons and future scenarios
  • Panel 5: Snapshots of responses in progress
  • Concluding remarks and presentation


Please Note

A full list of conference participants is available here and for a full list of speakers along with bios please click here

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