Tuesday, November 3, 2009


UNICEF UK, 30a Great Sutton Street, London, UK
9-10 November 2009
Conference Agenda

Monday November 9th

9.30am – 10.00am: Check in and coffee

10.00am – 11.30pm
Opening and Presentation of ODI/UNICEF Report
Richard Morgan, UNICEF; Diane Elson, Essex University (TBC); Caroline Harper, ODI; Isabel Ortiz, UNICEF.

11.45am – 1.30pm
Lessons learned in past crises and expectations for the current crisis
Chair and opening presentation: Sanjeev Gupta, IMF


  1. The impact of the global economic crises on the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable groups in deprived societies. Dr. Prince Osei-Adjei, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

--Lunch (provided) --

2.45pm – 4.30pm
From potential threat to current realities: emerging impacts on children of the current crisis
Chair and opening presentation: Kevin Watkins, UNESCO Education for All Report


  1. Consequences of the financial crisis with respect to children in Egypt. Huda Al-Kitkat, Information and Decision Support, Egyptian Cabinet, Egypt.

5.00pm – 6.00pm
Recovery with a Human Face: Discussion with authors of UNICEF’s ‘Adjustment with a human face’ on what has and hasn’t been learnt from past experiences
Richard Morgan, UNICEF (Chair); Sir Richard Jolly, IDS and Professor Frances Stewart, Oxford.

6.00pm – 7.00pm: Reception

Tuesday November 10th

9.00am – 10.45am
Childhood and vulnerability: Compounding risk during crises
Chair and opening presentation: Jody Heymann, McGill University, Canada


  1. Global economic crisis: The challenges of girl-child education and alternative jobs in Nigeria. Femi Tinuola, Kogi State University, Nigeria.

11.15am – 1.00pm
Including children in policy responses: Past lessons and future scenarios
Chair and opening presentation: Richard Blewitt, HelpAge International, UK


  1. Simulating the impact of the global food, fuel and financial crises on children and policy responses in Burkina Faso. John Cockburn, University of Laval, Poverty and Economic Policy Network, Canada.
  2. Towards understanding the impact of the international financial crisis on child poverty in South Africa: A micro-macro simulation perspective. Servaas van der Berg, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Dr. Ramos Magubu, South Africa Fiscal and Financial Commission, South Africa.

--Lunch (provided) --

2.15pm – 4.00pm
Snapshots of responses in progress
Chair and opening presentation: Bella Bird, DFID, UK


  1. Adolescents, crisis and risk: Are CCTs adequate policy answers? Valeria Llobet, New School University, USA.
  2. The impact of the global food, fuel and financial crises and policy responses: A child-sensitive approach. Suwanee Khamman, National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand.

4.00 pm
Closing remarks and ways forward
Isabel Ortiz, UNICEF; David Stewart, UNICEF; Caroline Harper, ODI.

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