The remarkable improvements in the situation of millions of children in the last two decades are clear evidence that ‘development works’.

April 2012

Progress in Child Well-Being analyses the improvements to children’s lives during the past two decades in five sectors: health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, and child protection. It includes case studies of countries that have made strong progress in improving children’s well-being: a clear demonstration that when the right steps and approaches are taken, ‘development works’. 

However, the world as a whole is not on track to meet most of the child-related MDGs. The report makes a compelling case for greater investment in ‘child-sensitive’ development, and highlights the key role of official development assistance. The authors set out the factors that drive change and the key steps to achieving progress in children’s well-being, and point to the areas where more needs to be done.

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