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Give Kids a Chance: Spatial Injustice of Child Welfare at the Peripheries

The district of Encs is a traditionally disadvantaged micro region, located at the Northern periphery of the country. It mainly consists of small villages and is characterized by economic decline, selective outmigration, and a concentration of poverty. It has a demographically polarized society with very high unemployment rate and low level educational attainment. Within the micro-region, intra-regional inequalities are manifest in anomalies of availability, accessibility and affordability of services that are mostly supplied in the district center but not in villages.

The general approach of the Give Kids a Chance programme combined the reduction of child poverty with the eradication of poverty among families, ending segregation and ensuring a healthy childhood that support children’s capability expansion. The central goal of Give Kids a Chance was to resolve bottlenecks and inequality in service provision by “modernizing” existing services through inter-institutional cooperation and introducing new ones with the goal to improve living conditions for children and trigger institutional changes in a way that  distributes authority and public goods more equally among diverse social groups and empowers marginalized communities.

For more information on this Case Study, please contact: Judit Keller and Tünde Virág, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, HAS, Budapest keller.judit@ ,

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