Session: Inclusive Child Development Accounts in the Global Context: Toward Universality and Progressivity (Society for Social Work and Research 23rd Annual Conference - Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence)

215 Inclusive Child Development Accounts in the Global Context: Toward Universality and Progressivity

Saturday, January 19, 2019: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM
Golden Gate 7, Lobby Level (Hilton San Francisco)
Cluster: Inequality, Poverty, and Social Welfare Policy (IP&SWP)
Symposium Organizer:
Jin Huang, PhD, Saint Louis University
Michael Sherraden, PhD, Washington University in Saint Louis
This symposium aims to present the latest policy developments and research findings on Child Development Accounts (CDAs) in a global context. Child Development Accounts are subsidized savings or investment accounts that supports families accumulate assets for children's developmental purposes and life-course needs (Sherraden, 1991, 2014). Asset building enables people to make investments that expand their capabilities and improve their circumstances over the long term. As an emerging asset-building social policy, CDAs emphasize investments in children early in life, empowering them to achieve their potential as productive citizens. Assets accumulated in CDAs are designated for specified purposes such as postsecondary education, home purchase, small business development, and eventually, retirement security (Sherraden, 1991).

Child Development Accounts are envisioned as universal (i.e., everyone participates), progressive (i.e., greater subsidies for the poor), and a potentially lifelong national policy. The original proposal for CDAs was in part a response to the many existing regressive asset-building policies around the world that give greater benefits to the well-off. As innovations in CDA policy progressed in recent years, several countries (e.g., Singapore, Korea, Israel) have adopted national CDA policies, and multiple statewide policies are now in place in the United States (e.g., Maine, Rhode Island, Nevada, Connecticut; Loke & Sherraden, 2009; Sherraden et al., in press). Research suggests that CDAs have positive financial impacts and promote child development (e.g., Clancy et al., 2016; Huang, Sherraden, Kim, & Clancy, 2014; Huang, Sherraden, & Purnell, 2014; Nabunya et al., 2015; Sherraden et al., 2015; Ssewamala, et al., 2014). Evidence (e.g., Clancy et al., 2016) also indicates that true universality can be achieved with automatic account opening and automatic deposits. Today, momentum for universal and progressive CDAs is accelerating.

With contributions from CDA research and policy experts from Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda and Mainland China, the symposium has the four objectives, aiming to: (1) highlight selected global policy and program developments of CDAs toward universality and progressivity;(2) identify key policy designs to inform the creation of future CDA policies and programs;(3) summarize empirical findings on the existing CDA research; and (4)share lessons and insights from existing CDA policies, programs, and research.

* noted as presenting author
Building Assets from Birth: The Singapore Story
Vernon Loke, PhD, Eastern Washington University; Michael Sherraden, PhD, Washington University in Saint Louis
Examining the Effect of Child Development Accounts (CDAs) on Self-Efficacy Among Children and Adolescents Orphaned By HIV/AIDS in Southwestern Uganda
Nabunya Proscovia, New York University; Byansi William, Washington University in Saint Louis; Fred Ssewamala, PhD, Columbia University; Damulira Christopher, Washington University in Saint Louis
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