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John Cockburn and Jane Kabubo-Mariara (eds.). Child Welfare in Developing Countries.

John Cockburn and Jane Kabubo-Mariara (eds.). Child Welfare in Developing Countries: New York. USA: Springer Science. 2010. 350 pages. Paperback. US$15.00.

In developing countries there has been relatively little empirical work on the analysis and measurement of child poverty. This book is a collection of six articles in which the first three articles analyse "Multidimensional Child Poverty Analysis", while the final three articles discuss studies that have utilised "Impact Evaluation" to investigate child welfare in developing countries. The book based on original research in Africa and South America using multidimensional poverty indicator approach, it identifies the existence of inequalities in child welfare, analyses their sources and evaluates the impact of policy responses to those inequalities. The main research questions that have been addressed in this book include a discussion on the: factors that affect child welfare and the policies to improve child welfare. The main topics considered in this collection include monetary poverty, asset poverty, nutrition, child mortality, access to education, school attendance, child labour, and access to health services. The main findings from this book demonstrate that while government programmes offering financial assistance, supplementary food and subsidised education and health care have a positive impact on child welfare, these outcomes require further improvement for which several policy prescriptions have been proposed. This book is recommended for researchers on poverty and inequality, professionals in international development and graduate students.

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Author:Rabbani, Sarah
Publication:Pakistan Development Review
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 22, 2011
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