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This paper presents evidence and analysis to support the integration of young people’s rights, needs, and aspirations in poverty reduction strategies. It shows how to make a convincing and evidence-based case for prioritizing the needs of young people among other competing claims for resources for the poverty eradication agenda.To read the paper, please visit here 
The present report highlights the results of the 2011 Revision of the official world population estimates and projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The 2011 Revision is the outcome of the twenty-first round of global demographic estimates and projections undertaken by the Population Division since 1951.To read the publication, please visit here 

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The central theme of the 2001 Report is human development across the generations. This approach allows an assessment of the consequences of fifteen years of transition, considering different strata of the population and their adaptation to the new socio-economic situation. It also outlines the possibilities of future human development in Russia. This report places a special emphasis on the younger generation, its economic and social status, values and priorities. As in previous years the report contains a comparative analysis of the conditions in the Russian regions, most of which remain terra incognita for the rest of the world, and a human development index for most of regions of the Federation. The report focuses on market reforms in post-Soviet Russia that have led to the current income inequalities between the generations, with the changes very much favouring the young. The report is relatively reassuring in some key areas, particularly those focusing on the young.To read the report, please visit here 

With the belief that intergenerational cohesion is essential to healthy societies, the authors have taken the lead, in their respective parts of the world, to promote awareness, policies and practices to enhance bonding among generations. Governments and other leaders will better serve when they unite rather than separate the generations for the greatest social and financial impact. The increased recognition of the mutual interdependence of strong families and strong communities in Europe and other regions reflects the significance of intergenerational solidarity in these times of uncertainty and economic challenge.

Family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, and is entitled to protection by society and the state (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, art. 16.3). There is a need also to protect the individual rights of all family members. Recognition of the dignity and human rights of all requires social inclusion and the implementation of all existing international human rights instruments, including regional instruments and relevant ILO Conventions. Family policy is geared at promoting functions of reproduction, care, emotional support and intergenerational solidarity. The report summarizes the discussions and recommendations came out from the Expert Group Meeting held during 14-16 April 2009, in Doha organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development.

Using the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study 2008 pilot, this paper analyzes the patterns and correlates of intergenerational transfers between elderly parents and adult children in Zhejiang and Gansu Provinces. The pilot is a unique data source from China that provides information on the direction as well as amount of transfers between parents and each of their children, and clearly distinguishes transfers between parents and children from those among other relatives or friends. The paper shows that transfers flow predominantly from children to elderly parents, with transfers from children playing an important role in elderly support. Taking advantage of the rich information available in this survey, the authors find strong evidence that transfers are significantly affected by the financial capabilities of individual children. Please visit here. 


This paper studies the growth effects of externalities associated with intergenerational health transmission, health persistence, and women’s occupational constraints— with particular emphasis on the role of access to infrastructure. The first part provides a review of the evidence on these issues. The second and third parts present an overlapping generations model of endogenous growth that captures these interactions, and characterize its properties. Please visit here.