Globally, street-living children are the most fluid population of vulnerable children. They are conspicuous yet subsist on the fringes of the marginalized. This book attempts to sketch a holistic picture of the street child phenomenon across the globe.
The book incorporates empirical data from a cross-cultural study of this phenomenon in three mega cities—Mumbai, Nairobi, and Los Angeles—and some of the best practices developed by faith-based and secular organizations to help street-living children. These data include global estimates, analysis of the causative factors, occupations of these children, as also the resulting problems. The book also gives new insights into the impact of state policies to support secular and faith-based organizations, and the way social service is practiced by such organizations in India, Kenya, and USA.
The authors take the readers through the social construction of the street child phenomenon over the years by weaving socio-political, cultural, and historical perspectives in understanding the circumstances surrounding them.
Chapter 8: Evidence Based Interventions at the Global Level
Evidence Based Interventions at the Global Level
Over the last few decades, there has been a considerable interest in the world on generating a wide range of academic discussions and evidence based materials to explore the life situations of street living children and youth. These efforts have been useful in moving towards conceptualization of the issue in the context of the global realm and identifying the gaps in our knowledge. Policymakers, faith based organizations (FBOs) and NGOs across the world are engaged in implementation of a variety of need based and innovative or promising practices for interventions. Because of the new initiative of American President George W. Bush since 2001, the US government has not only funded many FBOs ...