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Project

Pathways to Stronger Futures in Haiti

Pathways to Stronger Futures in Haiti: how can economic strengthening through comprehensive social protection improve early childhood development? It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD). In turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Economic strengthening through comprehensive social protection may offer a ‘double boon’: it can improve ECD in the short-term and reduce poverty in the long-run.

This study proposes mixed-methods research that will investigate how economic strengthening through comprehensive social protection can affect ECD, particularly seeking insights into pathways, dynamics and contextual factors that underpin positive or negative linkages. It does so in a context of widespread poverty, poor outcomes for young children and limited availability of services in rural Haiti. It represents a timely contribution to the evidence, which is currently biased towards studying cash transfers and using quantitative methods. It will fill knowledge gaps on the roles of social protection and economic strengthening in improving ECD and reducing intergenerational poverty in Haiti and across the Global South, thereby directly addressing SDGs 1 and 4.

A digital story of the research findings can be found here: How can we improve wellbeing for Haiti’s children?

Key contacts

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

k.roelen@ids.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 915824

Project details

start date
29 September 2017
end date
7 May 2019
value
£249973

Partners

In partnership with
Fonkoze
Supported by
British Academy

About this project

Research themes
Inequalities and Poverty

People

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

Recent work

Publication

Finding Her Own Way: the Story of Samantha

IDS Case Study;2019

It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Tackling poverty is therefore crucial for improving ECD. In Haiti, this presents an enormous challenge as more than half of the...

19 November 2019

Publication

Starting a New Life: the Story of Jenniflore

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) programme – a graduation programme in Haiti – on Jenniflore and her family. Tackling poverty is crucial for improving early childhood development; in Haiti, this presents an enormous challenge as more than half of the...

19 November 2019

Publication

Finding Support in Family: the Story of Madeline

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme on Madeline and her family. The CLM programme in Haiti provides opportunities for women to set up small businesses or other economic activities, become members of savings and lending groups, receive...

19 November 2019

Publication

Being Apart, Working Together: the Story of Guerlande

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò graduation programme on Guerlande and her family. It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Tackling poverty is...

19 November 2019

Publication

Standing Strong Together: the Story of Fabienne

IDS Case Study;2019

This case study illustrates the effects of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme on Fabienne and her family. It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD), and in turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. In Haiti, this...

19 November 2019

Publication

Juggling Work and Care: the story of Angeline

IDS Case Study;2019

The Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) graduation programme in Haiti provides opportunities for women to set up small businesses or other economic activities, become members of savings and lending groups, receive training and advice on health and sanitation, and receive materials for improving their homes....

19 November 2019

Opinion

Making graduation programmes work for children

Despite progress in the last decade, child poverty remains widespread. Almost 250 million children aged 0-5 in low- and middle-income countries are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential. Poverty reduction is vital for improving children’s chances in life, both now and into the...

10 May 2019