In India, the Young Lives research is being carried out in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Andhra Pradesh was one of the first states in India to initiate the reform process for fiscal and institutional restructuring at the state level. In addition, the state has been the role model for several initiatives taken simultaneously during the 1990s to eliminate poverty.
While there are many studies on poverty in India, the poverty debate has rarely been extended to child poverty, which makes Young Lives of particular interest. Young Lives' approach and analysis is enabling us to pinpoint policy implications for tackling childhood poverty in India as well as important and interesting avenues for future research.
Young Lives analysis to date reflects the economic growth and poverty reduction witnessed in India in recent years, and there is evidence that Young Lives households have become better off over the four years of the survey. However, our sample shows that there are persisting inequalities in wealth and consumption expenditure between castes and ethnic groups, between urban and rural areas, and between different regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
From our findings to date we have identified the following overall priorities for further in-depth work during the second half of our research programme:
- Child work
- Risk, vulnerability and resilience
- Transitions and trajectories