Breaking the cycle of child poverty through multi stakeholder partnerships and social innovation strategies to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Global progress against poverty has been set back by 4 years due to COVID-19, according to UNDP's Human Development Report 2021-22.

Globally, the pandemic has deepened the crisis in education, with serious disruptions in educational systems across the world, according to the United Nations' report on the Sustainable Development Goals published in 2022. It is estimated that 24 million students, from preschool through university, will never return to school.

Due to all of these factors, it is imperative that ambitious programs are developed based on social innovation and the SDGs through multi-sectoral collaboration. It will allow more and better opportunities to be provided to children and young people, especially those in the most vulnerable communities with the aim to improve the situation of poverty.

By placing boys and girls under the age of 18 and their families at the center of socio-educational action, we believe we can make a difference. In Spain we have brought all the relevant agents to work collaboratively: local and regional administrations, educational institutions, health care providers, networks of nonprofit entities, universities and, above all, the families, co-responsible for the initiative, and epicenter of the action. Together we are developing a pioneering initiative in the integral development of children in situations of poverty and social vulnerability. This initiative has the fundamental objective of breaking the cycle of poverty that in vulnerable environments is frequently transmitted from generation to generation.

As part of the 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, ”la Caixa” Foundation is holding a side event entitled Breaking the cycle of child poverty through multi stakeholder partnerships and social innovation strategies to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The aim is to present to other partners, organisations and countries, the work of the CaixaProinfancia programme as an example of good collaborative practices that seek to achieve systemic and structural change by means of platforms rather than isolated initiatives, in order to help achieve the SDG.

Almost 40,000 families are cared each year, caring for more than 60,000 boys and girls through a network of more than 400 collaborating entities throughout Spain. In short, the CaixaProinfancia programme wants to contribute to a more just and equitable model of society, in which everyone feels co-responsible for the collective well-being.

The speakers

The speakers who will participate in the side event are:

  • Mr. Antoni Vila, General Manager of ”la Caixa” Foundation.

  • Mr. Marc Simón, Assistant General Manager of ”la Caixa” Foundation.

  • Mr. Ernesto Gasco, High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty of the Government of Spain.

  • Mr. Andrés Conde, CEO of Save the Children in Spain.