Poverty, cash transfers and adolescents' lives: exploring the unintended consequences of Nepal's social pension
I am originally from the UK but have lived and worked in developing countries in Asia and Africa for more than 10 years. I currently live in Nepal where I recently worked for UNICEF overseeing a large scale cash transfer programme in response to the 2015 earthquakes and supporting development of the government’s social security system for children. I previously worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London focused on social protection and with Save the Children in the humanitarian sector. I hold an MSc with distinction in poverty reduction: policy and practice from SOAS for which I was awarded the University of London External Programme 150th Anniversary Prize for Academic Excellence. I am affiliated with the Centre for Social Exclusion (CASE) at the LSE but with my work focused on poverty and social exclusion in developing country contexts.
My main research interests include the role of social protection programmes in tackling poverty and vulnerability in low income countries; the links between social protection and inclusive growth; multi-dimensional child poverty and vulnerability; child protection, social norms and children’s rights. My PhD research title is ‘poverty, cash transfers and adolescents' lives: exploring the unintended consequences of Nepal's social pension’, for which I am undertaking mixed-methods primary data collection in Nepal.
Dr Kitty Stewart, Professor Ernestina Coast