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Working Paper: Social Transfers and Child Protection

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2044/Friedman-Rudovsky - Janet, 4, reaches for the hand of her 6-year-old brother, Jesus, at the transition centre where they now live in El Alto, a suburb of La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. The siblings, who were abused by their parents, were found living on the streets. The centre is intended to provide shelter for only 24 hours, but many children stay for weeks or even months until space is available for them at a more permanent facility.

Since the turn of the century, many low- and middle-income countries have introduced or expanded programmes providing direct transfers in cash and/or in kind to families or individuals facing poverty and vulnerability. There is considerable diversity in the objectives, design and implementation of social transfers in lower and middle income countries, but they share the overall objectives of reducing poverty and fostering economic and social inclusion.

The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate the known effects of social transfers on child protection risks and outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. It discusses how the design and implementation of social transfers can maximise positive impact, which can serve policy makers and practitioners in their future programming.

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Conference papers

  • Briefing document: Niloufar Pourzand - UNICEF Indonesia

  • Introductory Remarks: Anthony Hodges - Oxford Policy Management, and former Regional Social Policy Advisor, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office

  • Presentation: Anna Nordenmark Severinsson - Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS

  • Presentation: Jennifer Yablonski, Social Protection Specialist, UNICEF NYHQ

  • Presentation: Keetie Roelen - Institute of Development Studies (IDI)

  • Presentation: Maastricht University

  • Presentation: Maria Herczog, Associate Professor at Eszterhazy College, Budapest and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

  • Presentation: Mayke Huijbregts, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF Mozambique

  • Presentation: Paul Dornan, Young Lives, University of Oxford

  • Presentation: Rachel Marcus - Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Outcome documents

Tables & graphs

  • Mapping of Social Transfer Programmes