A UNICEF Research Project on the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Children in Western and Central Africa

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0862/Olivier Asselin - Twin sisters, each carrying a large load on her head, stand in the rural town of Nanton in Savelugu-Nanton District in Northern Region - Ghana


This study is the result of research promoted by the Regional Office of UNICEF for West and Central Africa, in collaboration with the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre and the UNICEF Division of Policy and Practice and aimed at the assessment of the potential effects of the global economic crisis on children in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Ghana and the proposal of concrete policy responses for consideration by policy makers.

One regional and three country teams of researchers were formed. The regional team, coordinated by the African office of the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) research network, based at the Consortium pour la recherche économique et sociale (CRES, Dakar), was composed of researchers from Africa (GREAT, Mali; University of Yaoundé, Cameroon), from the Université Laval in Canada and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre. The regional team developed the basic methodology, provided training and closely supervised the three country studies, and prepared a regional report and policy brief synthesizing the results for the three countries. The country teams led the country analyses, interacted with the local policy committees and wrote their respective country reports.

This research was initiated in June 2009. At the end of that month the regional team provided the methodology and held an intensive training workshop in Accra for the local teams. A visit to each country followed in August. In the following months the regional and country teams carried out the analyses and presented the preliminary results of the study during November and December at the WCARO Social Policy Network Meeting in Dakar, the ODI-UNICEF conference on "The global economic crisis - Including children in the policy response" in London, and the AERC conference on "Rethinking African Economic Policy in Light of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis" in Nairobi. In the following two months the regional and country studies were finalized, including also some additional policy responses specific to each country.

The main outcomes of this project are:

Cockburn, J., I. Fofana and L. Tiberti (2010),
Simulating the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis and Policy Responses on Children in West and Central Africa, Innocenti Working Paper No. 2010-01, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.

Bibi, S., J. Cockburn, I. Fofana and L. Tiberti (2010),
Impacts of the Global Crisis and Policy Responses on Child Well-Being: A Macro-Micro Simulation Framework, Innocenti Working Paper No. 2010-06, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.

Balma, L., J. Cockburn, I. Fofana, S. Kaboré and L. Tiberti (2010),
Simulation des effets de la crise économique et des politiques de réponse sur les enfants en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre: Le cas du Burkina Faso, Innocenti Working Paper No. 2010-03, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.

Bibi, S., J. Cockburn, C.A. Emini, I. Fofana, P. Ningaye and L. Tiberti (2010)
Incidences de la crise économique mondiale de 2008/09 et des options de politiques de réponse sur la pauvreté des enfants au Cameroun, Innocenti Working Paper No. 2010-04, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence. English version

Antwi-Asare, T., J. Cockburn, E. F. A. Cooke, I. Fofana, L. Tiberti and D. K. Twerefou (2010)
Simulating the impact of the global economic crisis and policy responses on children in Ghana, Innocenti Working Paper No. 2010-05, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.

Bibi, S., J. Cockburn, M. Coulibaly and L. Tiberti (2009)
The Impact of the Increase in Food Prices on Child Poverty and the Policy Response in Mali Innocenti Working Paper No. 2009-02, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence

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