In 1989 Unicef estimated that there were 100 million street children in the world. This figure was repeated in 2002 and again in 2005. However, it is a figure that has been repeatedly criticised as being invalid and having no basis in fact.
However challenging, obtaining accurate data on street children is essential for practitioners, policy-makers and donors alike, who can use this information to better direct their programmes, policies and to target and evaluate their funding streams.
CSC’s next Counting Webinar, an opportunity for practitioners and academics to share knowledge and expertise on counting, will take place on the 13th of September from 3:00 – 4:45 pm GMT.
CSC’s series of Counting Webinars brings together leaders on counting vulnerable populations to discuss developments in the field, opening up a discussion and sharing practical advice with interested practitioners.
We have two excellent speakers joining us to lead the discussion.
The first, Dr Andrej Naterer, is a lecturer at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. Dr Naterer recently published a paper that collated and analysed available data on the number of street children and relevant social indicators for 184 countries to produce a more reliable global estimate. Dr Naterer will present his findings and will suggest one way that global numbers of street children can be estimated.
Our second speaker is Kat Johnson, the Director of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH). Ms Johnson will use IGH’s 2015 publication A Global Framework for Understanding and Measuring Homelessness, as a springboard to discuss how different definitions of homelessness can affect counting methods and results.
To participate please contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9th September 2016.
CSC’s counting webinar series addresses key issues on counting:
- What are the different motivations for conducting counting studies? And what methodology best suits different motivations?
- How do different methodologies affect the end-generated number of street children? How important is it that different methodologies might generate a different number?
- What are the main challenges involved in counting street-connected children?
- How can counting studies influence policy and practice?
Information on methodologies used to count street children can be found in CSC’s briefing paper: Do I Count If You Count Me?