The Role of Families and Family Policies in Achieving Inclusive Societies

The implementation, success, and sustainability of SDGs 16 and 11 are greatly dependent on a family focused approach that takes into consideration the contexts within which decisions about laws, policies, and programmes are made. Isolated approaches that target individuals without consideration of the larger family environments in which they are embedded are destined to fail. It is thus, imperative that families in all their various forms, need to be recognized, targeted, strengthened, and supported.

SDG16 promoting peaceful and inclusive societies relies on families to create and raise the next generation of peaceful, stable citizens and productive workers. Encouraging positive child and youth development is a key component of this goal, as well as stabilizing family environments through strengthening family relationships and providing basic financial stability. The eradication of poverty is key to decreasing stressors on families.

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Family Futures, Commemorative Publication by Tudor Rose

“FFamily Futures, Commemorative Publication by Tudor Roseamilies are at the core of human development. Among the natural and fundamental bases of society, families are central to the world’s quest for dignity, peace and justice.Moreover, as the basic economic unit in every society, families are key to global efforts to eliminate poverty and bring about prosperity.”
Amina J.Mohammed, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

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Family policies in Latin America: : A panorama of anti­poverty and work­family balance policies

IFAD/Carla FrancescuttiThis paper systematizes the most salient aspects of the situation of Latin American and the Caribbean countries regarding family policies, with a clear purpose of contributing to a better understanding of what has been achieved in the last decade and, most importantly, what are the main challenges the region is facing. More specifically, the paper analyzes the main advances and limitations Latin America presents on the implementation of family‐ oriented anti‐poverty transfers including a detailed revision of the main results obtained so far.

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Family-Oriented Policies for Poverty Reduction, Work-Family Balance and Intergenerational Solidarity

FAMILY-ORIENTED POLICIES FOR POVERTY REDUCTION, WORK-FAMILY BALANCE AND INTERGENERATIONAL SOLIDARITYDifferent perspectives on well-being and development conceptualise and measure poverty in different ways. This publication analyzes the persistence of poverty that is relatively higher in certain groups of people and types of households and families. In developing countries these include single parent households, particularly those headed by women; migrant families; families living in rural areas and urban slums; and households affected by HIV and AIDS.

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Men in Families

Men in FamiliesIn keeping with the objectives of the International Year of the Family, and based on existing research, the current publication aims to promote the knowledge of trends affecting families and increase awareness of family issues among Governments as well as in the private sector. It is also hoped that the study will stimulate efforts to develop family-oriented policies focusing attention upon the rights and responsibilities of all family members. Promoting knowledge of the economic, social and demographic processes affecting families and their members is indispensable to design appropriate course of action to assist families in fulfilling their numerous functions. These overall considerations have guided the preparations of the current publication, which addresses the issue of the evolving roles of men in families and the corresponding need to develop social policies supporting these new roles for the benefit of families.

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