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February 11, 2020 FXB Center Newsletter

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Before, Not After II: An Evaluation of CINI’s Preventative Approach to Child Protection in India

Elizabeth Donger and Jacqueline Bhabha

This FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University report underscores the need for innovative community strategies to prevent serious violations of children’s rights. The report documents and evaluates the harm prevention work carried out by the children’s rights nonprofit Child in Need Institute (CINI) in the Murshidabad District, in the Indian state of West Bengal. This report describes at “systems strengthening” approach to improve the overall functioning of child protection systems to prevent harm and violence against children before harm occurs, rather than after. Read about the report here.

Returning Home? The Reintegration Challenges Facing Children and Youth Returnees from Libya to Nigeria

Vasileia Digidiki and Jacqueline Bhabha

This report from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and International Organization for Migration (IOM) finds that young migrants who return home from Libya to Nigeria often face serious challenges in their efforts to reintegrate into society. The report, “Returning Home? The Reintegration Challenges Facing Children and Youth Returnees from Libya to Nigeria,” highlights the dangers and risks that a particularly vulnerable population, children and young people from Sub-Saharan Africa, faces while migrating.

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Before, Not After: An Evaluation of Aangan Trust’s Preventative Approach to Child Protection in India

Report cover with photo from Koina India of people by the riverElizabeth 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.

 

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