The Young Lives Project is a longitudinal study in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. In each of the countries, the first phase of the project included the first survey of 2,000 index children aged around one year and a survey of 1,000 children aged around eight years, evenly spread across 20 sentinel sites per country. The Young Lives Project is unique in measuring child well-being in a holistic and consistent way across several developing countries, including economic, social, physical and demographic aspects. Data collection finished in 2003 and an important priority has been the early production of a preliminary report from each country, each report following a similar structure.
In India, the project has been implemented in Andhra Pradesh by two organisations, Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad and Save the Children UK (India). During the first phase of the study, 2,000 index children aged 6-17.9 months (one-year-olds) and 1,000 children aged 7.5-8.5 years (eight-year-olds) and their households were selected from 20 sentinel sites located across the three regions of Andhra Pradesh. Survey methods included household questionnaires completed by caregivers, child anthropometric measurements, an eight-year-old respondent questionnaire and a community questionnaire. Fieldwork was undertaken in Andhra Pradesh between September and December 2002. This preliminary country report presents key descriptive results from the first round of data collection.
The objectives of this preliminary report are: (1) to present a brief literature review of general poverty - both income and non-income and child poverty in India and Andhra Pradesh; (2) to review national policies which have an impact on child poverty, and identify key national audiences for this study; (3) to describe the study methods and present preliminary, descriptive results; (4) to identify provisional conclusions and policy implications.
Oxford, UK: Young Lives. 75 pp.