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DFID research: New Young Lives Publication: Multidimensionality Matters

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Multidimensionality Matters is the first publication in a series of three books produced by the Young Lives programme.

Multidimensionality Matters is the first publication in a series of three books produced by the DFID-funded research programme Young Lives.  The longitudinal study tracks the dynamics of poverty among children - the largest age group affected by poverty and deprivation, that results in severe and lifelong consequences for households, communities and countries. Involving 12,000 children in four countries over 15 years, Young Lives seeks to improve policies and programmes in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Edited by Jo Boyden and Michael Bourdillon, this book draws on the first two rounds of Young Lives data coming from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, with supporting material from Tanzania and South Africa.

Topics include the ethics of research, the long-term causes and consequences of childhood poverty, and the resilience and optimism shown by children and their families. The authors also look at the dynamics of childhood poverty - how and why some families move in and out of poverty as well as learning, children’s time-use and life transitions - focusing on children’s daily lives, their families and communities.

For more information visit the Young Lives site.