Poverty, livelihoods and shocks

Economic ’shocks’ and adverse events such as rises in food prices, drought, unemployment, illness or death are part of the common experience of chronic poverty. For children, their impact can be devastating. Families may respond by eating less, reducing household assets, and accumulating debt, all of which are likely to have long-term consequences for the amount available to support children and thus for children’s development. Children are also often involved in the reduction of risks for themselves and their families from an early age.

Young Lives research highlights the link between households being affected by some forms of shock and having an increased chance of either remaining or becoming poor. Our evidence shows that the most disadvantaged households are most vulnerable to adversities and have least resources to overcome them. We are also exploring the links between childhood poverty, the strategies people use to earn their living and the assets available to them, and the implications for children’s long-term life chances.

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Growing Up In Poverty_cover'Gender, Agency and Poverty: Children’s Everyday Experiences in Andhra Pradesh and Vietnam', by Gina Crivello, Vu Thi Thanh Huong and Uma Vennam, in Growing Up in Poverty, edited by Jo Boyden and Michael Bourdillon



 Peru_R4_Household welfareChanges in Household Welfare: Preliminary Findings from the 2013 Young Lives Survey in Peru, by Alan Sanchez and Guido Melendez



Policy Paper-The Future We Want"The Future We Want": Learning from Children’s Experiences of Sustainable Development, this Save the Children policy paper considers the impact of environmental and other shocks, food price fluctuations, and poor-quality living environments on children and young people.



 YL-WP128-ChutaChildren’s Agency in Responding to Shocks and Adverse Events in Ethiopia, Young Lives Working Paper 128, Nardos Chuta


We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.