India’s First Child Well-Being Index launched today by World Vision India and IFMR LEAD

 

~The Index mines the most recent data and adopts a multi-dimensional approach towards measuring child well-being 

~ Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry lead the composite child well-being score



New Delhi, August 27, 2019: World Vision India and IFMR LEAD, released today the India Child Well-Being Report at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.  The report is an attempt to look at how India fairs on child well-being using a composite child well-being index.

 

Releasing the report, the chief guest, Mr. Amitabh Kant , CEO- Niti Ayog, said, “The India Child Well Being Index is a crucial report that can be mined both by the Government and civil organisations to achieve the goal of child well-being and we will use this report effectively. This report provides insights on health, nutrition education, sanitation and child protection.Our government is fully committed towards securing the rights and well-being of children and for this we are making investments  in this regard”.

 

Speaking at the report release, Cherian Thomas, National Director and CEO, World Vision India said, “The vision of World Vision globally is to ensure the fullness of life for every child. The report highlights the multi-dimensional approach towards measuring child well-being – going beyond mere income poverty. Children have the potential to transform the country, but if neglected, they will exacerbate the burden of poverty and inequality. It is imperative that all stakeholders prioritise and  invest in the well-being of our children."

 

The Child Well-Being Index is a tool designed to measure and track children’s well-being comprehensively.  The three dimensions of the index are i) Healthy Individual Development, ii) Positive Relationships and iii) Protective Contexts. Focusing on the three key dimensions, 24 indicators were selected to develop the computation of the child well-being index.

 

The index captures the performance of each State and Union Territory on a composite child well-being score, with Kerala (0.76), Tamil Nadu (0.67) and Himachal Pradesh (0.67) leading the charts among the states and Meghalaya (0.53), Jharkhand (0.50) and Madhya Pradesh (0.44) featuring at the bottom, among states. Among the Union Territories, Puducherry leads the way with a score of 0.77 and Dadra & Nagar Haveli features at the other end with a score of 0.52.

 

Child well-being scores for the States and Union Territories for the three different dimensions are listed below: 

 

Healthy Individual Development

States in the first quartile

Scores

States in the last quartile

Scores

Kerala

0.78

Assam

0.36

Goa

0.75

Bihar

0.36

Sikkim

0.70

Meghalaya

0.31

Punjab

0.67

Madhya Pradesh

0.27

Tamil Nadu

0.66

Jharkhand

0.26

Union Territories

Scores

Union Territories

Scores

Lakshadweep

0.89

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

0.38

 


 

Positive Relations

States in the first quartile

Scores

States in the last quartile

Scores

Nagaland

0.84

Maharashtra

0.58

Arunachal Pradesh

0.80

Madhya Pradesh

0.57

Meghalaya

0.77

Telangana

0.55

Assam

0.76

Haryana

0.53

Chhattisgarh

0.76

Jammu & Kashmir

0.53

Manipur

0.76

Sikkim

0.51

Union Territories

Scores

Union Territories

Scores

Puducherry

0.83

Lakshadweep

0.31

 

 Speaking about this collaboration, Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, IFMR LEAD said, “The research has brought to the fore compelling insights on child well-being in India. One of the primary objectives of this index is to garner attention to the under-researched theme of child well-being in India and inspire further academic and policy conversations on related issues. Some of the key indicators that need to be studied in the future include mobile usage, digital access, financial literacy, mental health and quality of relationships per se, between parents/peers and children.”

This report is a call for states to look at their respective scores on the dimensions of child well-being, and to prepare for priority areas of intervention with specific plans of action. The report also hopes to trigger policy level changes, seek better budgetary allocations and initiate discussions with all stakeholders which can help in enhancing the quality of life of all children in the country.

For queries, please contact:

Impuri Ngayawon, 8800605557, impuri_ngayawon@wvi.org (World Vision India)

Debasmita Ray,8981378947, debasmita.ray@edelman.com (Edelman)

 

 

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