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Conflict and humanitarian

Frameworks for approaching collaboration within the humanitarian sector
This paper’s goal is to provide a straightforward way of thinking about what collaboration is and what is necessary to make it successful. In short, it hopes to offer a simple way to think about a genuinely complex subject. The approach is propositional. It is not claiming to have defined the one truth about the nature of collaboration, but rather hope the framework presented will be practically useful to the leaders and practitioners who wish to apply collaboration to challenges in the difficult and continually changing Humanitarian Environment. 

Hunger - Lethal Weapon of War
Examining the impact of conflict related hunger on children.

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War
A roadmap for addressing the mental health needs of children and young people affected by conflict

Achieving True Early Action
A summary of Save the Children's learning from 3 pilot projects to mitigate slow onset food and nutrition crises (2014-2017).

Invisible Wounds: The impact of six years of war on the mental health of Syria’s children
The largest and most comprehensive study of its kind undertaken inside Syria into children’s mental health and wellbeing during the war.

Childhood Under Siege: Living and dying in besieged areas of Syria
An account of the dire situation of the quarter of a million children in Syria living under brutal siege.

Nowhere Safe for Yemen’s Children: The deadly impact of explosive weapons in Yemen
Sets out recommendations to all parties to the conflict and the international community.


Signature programme in DRC: The difference we've made
Evaluation of our partnership programme with GSK to save mothers' and babies' lives the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Financing Facility: An opportunity to get it right
Launched in 2015, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) has the potential to drive increased investment in health and nutrition from both external and, primarily, domestic finance. Save the Children supports the 2018 replenishment but calls on all governments and civil society to make the GFF transformational by implementing the reforms suggested in this paper, and thereby building adequate, equitable and sustainable financing for health systems.

Fighting for Breath: A call for action on childhood pneumonia
Turns a spotlight on the inequalities, policy failures and indifference holding back progress on tackling childhood pneumonia, the number one infectious killer of children, and proposes a way forward.

Primary health care first: Strengthening the foundation of universal healthcare coverage
While strengthening primary health care has long been a core component of the health agenda, research into primary health care expenditure has been limited. Primary Health Care First seeks to understand and address that gap, an urgent priority for saving lives and a critical first step toward achieving universal health coverage by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Further, Faster, Fairer: Reaching every last child with immunisation
Explores which groups of children are missing out on immunisation and the barriers they face.

Universal Health Coverage: A commitment to close the gap
Focuses on how and why tackling inequity should be prioritised as countries progress on the path towards UHC.

A Wake-Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems
Why we must learn the lessons of the Ebola crisis – not just for the affected countries, but for many others whose services are similarly weak.

Within Our Means: Why countries can afford Universal Health Coverage
Why all developing countries can afford to increase spending on health, through different policy decisions and public spending.


Time to Act: Providing refugee children the education they were promised
This report shows that it is well within our means to provide a quality education to every last refugee child - by including refugees in national education systems, improving the quality of education for refugees and host community children and by allocating modest additional financing shown through our costings.

Edtech for Learning in Emergencies and Displaced Settings
A Rigorous Review and Narrative Synthesis

Lessons in Literacy: 8 principles to ensure every last child can read
Drawing on evidence from 35 programmes in 22 countries, this report sets out 8 principles for effective literacy action.

Windows into Early Learning and Development
Cross-country findings on early childhood development access.

Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Futures: A plan of action for delivering universal education for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
Sets out a costed plan of action to deliver good-quality universal education for South Sudanese refugee children in Uganda.

Fulfilling the promise: Ensuring the post-2015 education agenda delivers on equity and learning
Presents Save the Children’s position on post-2015 education goals and targets.

The Global Compact on Refugees: A joint agency briefing and call to action on refugee education
Making strong recommendations on refugee education for the Programme of Action

Inclusive development

Follow the Money: Equitably financing child survival
This report puts forward recommendations to governments and development partners on how the pledge to Leave No One Behind can be turned into action – and ensure every child has the chance to survive and thrive.

Working together to end child marriage:
How governments can end child marriage by accelerating coordinated action across education, health, protection, and other sectors.
Read the policy brief in English and French, as well as the techincal research note in English. 

Still Left Behind?: Tracking children's progress against the pledge to Leave No One Behind
In 2015, world leaders signed up to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of 2030 targets for eradicating extreme poverty in all its forms. Evidence set out in this report shows that progress to date has been limited, and that SDG monitoring and review is still focusing on average change rather than those who are the furthest behind. Read the methodological note for details of the research approach for the report.

Next Generation Aid
This report sets out Save the Children’s vision for how UK aid can better deliver for children. It sets out the principles to which all UK aid should align that will help ensure our aid continues to have the biggest impact for children. 

Every Last Child: The children the world chooses to forget
Presents new quantitative research findings on excluded groups of children ­ from ethnic minorities, in disadvantaged areas, and excluded girls.

Born Equal: How reducing inequality could give our children a better future
Drawing on eight country case studies, this report looks at which policies and interventions have reduced inequality for children.

Leaving no one behind: Embedding equity in the post-2015 framework through stepping stone targets
Why stepping stone targets are a key mechanism to ensure disadvantaged groups are not left behind in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Every Last Girl: Free to live, free to learn, free from harm
Explores three key barriers that hold girls back – child marriage, poor access to health and education, and lack of a voice.

From Agreement to Action: Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals
Provides guidance and recommendations for governments, international actors and other stakeholders on implementing the SDGs.

The Lottery of Birth: Giving all children an equal chance to survive
Presents new evidence that equitable progress is not only possible, but faster.

Ending Child Marriage: Child Marriage Laws and Their Limitations
Child marriage is widely considered as a violation of human rights and a form of violence against girls. The elimination of child marriage by 2030 is a target under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Child Marriage country briefings:


Cote d’Ivoire

Sierra Leone



Nutrition Boost: Why the world needs a step change in finance for nutrition – and how it can be achieved
The scale of the challenge in tackling child malnutrition is undeniable. Millions of children are malnourished because of who they are and where they live.

Don't Push It: Why the formula industry must clean up its act 
The lives and the health of millions of vulnerable children are at risk from a threat that receives too little attention – the rapid growth of the market for baby milk formula.

Unequal Portions: Ending malnutrition for every last child
Presents new research findings on how the combination of poverty and discrimination robs disadvantaged groups of children of a healthy diet.

Nutrition Sensitivity: How agriculture can improve child nutrition
Explores how nutrition can be prioritised within agricultural policies, strategies and investment plans.

Adolescent Nutrition: Policy and programming in SUN+ countries
Describes promising interventions to address adolescent nutrition.

Malnutrition in Zambia:  Harnessing social protection for the most vulnerable
Presents a pathways approach to show how developing social protection across the lifecycle can address the underlying causes of malnutrition.

Superfood for Babies: How overcoming barriers to breastfeeding will save children's lives 
A global call to action to support mothers to breastfeed their babies – especially in the poorest communities in the poorest countries.

UK poverty

Lighting up Young Brains: How parents, carers and nurseries support children’s brain development in the first five years
Looks at the science behind young children's brain development and its relationship to children's language development.

The Lost Boys: How boys are falling behind in their early years
Quantifies, for the first time, the impact of the gender gap at age five on primary school attainment.

Make Childcare Work: Fixing upfront childcare costs for families on Universal Credit


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