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Best of UNICEF Research 2017



The Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) initiative celebrates its fifth year. Once again, it showcases some of the best and most innovative pieces of research coming out of UNICEF. It reveals diversity in geography, themes and methodologies. The topics demonstrate the added value of UNICEF staff in the field identifying issues that are of relevance at national and local levels but which also have widespread application and the potential to shape the agendas of academic and policy communities. The studies demonstrate the particular capacity of UNICEF to facilitate research across multiple countries within a region, and even cross-regionally.

A number of studies in this volume focus on child protection issues – a welcome addition to research in a field for which evidence is often limited or fragmented, and where the work of UNICEF has potential to drive a research and evidence agenda with global impact. Other studies focus on children in conditions of extreme vulnerability and exploitation – where issues of appropriate methods and ethical safeguards become paramount. The situation of children with disabilities is another welcome addition to the themes covered by BOUR – highlighting its growing importance on the agenda of governments and of UNICEF.

We at Innocenti hope that these positive examples of impact reported to us contribute collectively to a wider transformation in the evidence culture and environment across UNICEF.

Summary reports

Cambodia: Is fortifying rice the best way to counter nutritional deficiencies in Cambodia?
East Asia and the Pacific: To what extent are countries offering alternatives to detention for children in conflict with the law?
France: What is the experience of unaccompanied children in France’s migrant camps?
Mexico: How can we best assess the impact of the hotel industry on child rights?
Namibia: Why do some Namibian schools perform better than others?
Nepal: How effective are ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ practices in reducing stillbirths and newborn deaths?
Guinea-Bissau: How can people be motivated to prevent the spread of Ebola?
India: Why are children with birth defects and developmental delays not getting the help they need?
Indonesia: How much should a government spend on protecting children?
State of Palestine: What barriers do Palestinian children with disabilities face and how can these be overcome?
Serbia: How can school dropout in Serbia be reduced?
South Africa: Why are some children missing out on South Africa’s Child Support Grant?