Protecting Vulnerable Families in Central Asia: Poverty, vulnerability and the impact of the economic crisis

Innocenti Working Papers 2011-05

Carolyn Drake / Panos - A girl sits on the edge of the Karasu bazaar, where shipping containers have been converted into shops. The Karasu bazaar is the largest in Central Asia.
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Gassmann, Franziska;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2011
  • Pages
    • 44
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 636U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


This paper provides an overview of the social and economic vulnerabilities of households with children in the five Central Asian countries, and assesses the ability of national social protection systems to address these, with the main focus on the role of non-contributory cash transfers financed from general government revenues. The paper concludes that the existing social cash transfer systems are not effective in addressing the needs of poor and vulnerable children and families in Central Asia. Limited coverage together with limited funding reduces the potential poverty reduction impact of the programmes.


Thematic area

Child Poverty   /  Governance   / 


economic crisis   /  poverty reduction   /  social assistance   /  social protection   /