Disaster impacts on children and young people

March 2017 to April 2018

ODI and UNICEF are working together to understand the effects of disasters on children and youth, their wellbeing and their opportunities to suggest both policy and programming implications.

Children and youth are disproportionately affected by disasters. But they are also important agents of change. There is some understanding about the immediate direct and indirect impacts of disasters on children and youth (such as destruction or closure of schools and hospitals, or death and injury) but relatively little is known about the long-term effects on children’s wellbeing and transitions out of poverty.