From Security to Uncertainty: The impact of economic change on child welfare in central Asia

Innocenti Working Papers 76

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Falkingham, Jane;
  • Publisher
    • Innocenti Research Centre
  • Date of Publication
    • 2000
  • Pages
    • 42
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 239U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper discusses the possible pathways between macroeconomic change and child welfare and develops a typology of the risks that children may face at different stages of the lifecycle. Adopting a multi-dimensional view of child well-being, trends in both economic measures of poverty, based on incomes and expenditures, and in selected capability-based indicators are then examined. The indicators selected reflect the health and survival, education and personal development of children and their social inclusion/exclusion. Not all the news is bad but the data show that the human cost of economic transition has been high and children, far from being protected from its impact, have been amongst those who have suffered the most.


Thematic area

Countries in Transition   / 


child education   /  child survival and development   /  child welfare   /  economic development   /  poverty reduction   /