Children play with stuffed toys in the besieged area of Homs, October 18, 2013. Picture taken October 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy (SYRIA)


Very little evidence exists on children’s play in situations of crisis. The IPA research project aims to fill that gap by conducting empirical research in six locations (India, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Thailand and Turkey).

IPA APC research questions include:

  • How does crisis affect children’s right to play in everyday life?
  • How do children cope with crisis?
  • What is the role of adults and community development organizations in promoting the right to play in situations of crisis?
  • What importance do children’s organizations, working on humanitarian and disaster risk reduction, place on children’s play rights in the context of their work/program?
  • What are the lessons for promoting the right to play in situations of crisis?

IPA is delighted that Access to Play in Crisis is a major theme in its 2017 Triennial World Conference where APC researchers and expert contributors will present findings and case studies from the research.

The final report by Dr Sudeshna Chatterjee, film and case studies will be made available on this page following the IPA World Conference in September 2017.