Protect my future: The links between child protection and population dynamics

Emily Delap and Daniela Reale

This paper is part of an inter-agency series on the links between child protection and major development goals. This report focuses on the links between child protection and population dynamics as they relate to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals development agenda. The paper examines the impacts of trends in population dynamics (such as population growth, population aging, urbanization and migration) on children, demonstrating that concerns about the protection and care of children are becoming ever more significant in the context of these trends. For example, there are rising numbers of children in many developing nations, with a significant and growing proportion of these girls and boys left vulnerable by a loss of parental care. Given the evidence of rising abuse, neglect and exploitation, says the report, a post-MDG framework which properly addresses the impacts of changing population dynamics on children will include a specific goal and indicators on child protection.

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