Before, Not After: An Evaluation of Aangan Trust’s Preventative Approach to Child Protection in India
Elizabeth Donger, Jacqueline Bhabha, Ayesha Mehrotra and Miriam Chernoff
This report makes an evidence-based case for prioritizing prevention. It documents and evaluates the work carried out by the children’s rights nonprofit Aangan Trust since late 2015 in Konia, a peri-urban slum area in Varanasi, a large city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The FXB study involved a mixed-methods quasi-experimental design. It shows just how difficult harm prevention work is, but also shows that Aangan’s harm prevention model has considerable potential to yield benefits to at-risk children.
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One in One Hundred: Drivers of Success and Resilience among College-Educated Romani Adolescents in Serbia
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the Center for Interactive Pedagogy in Belgrade
The report title refers to the 1 percent of Roma who beat the odds and reach university. The project compared the educational trajectories of 89 Romani adolescents who succeeded in attending college in Serbia and 100 Romani youths from similar neighborhoods who did not. Almost all of the respondents (93 percent) in the sample (both college students and the comparison group) reported that their parents valued education for their children, in contrast to the dominant narrative that Roma are indifferent or hostile to education. In the study, Roma students also revealed they had faced a severe degree of discrimination. What emerges is a challenge to the easy story that Roma lack of educational achievement results from Roma cultural attitudes rather than persistent racism and poverty. Read more about the report here. Or go directly to the report.