Children are at the heart of Central Asian culture. Two out of every five inhabitants of the region are aged under 18. Yet relatively little has been written about the impact of recent political economic and social change on their welfare.
This paper looks at how state family support policies have fared in nine of the countries that have undergone the transition to the free-market economy. It asks whether such positives as did exist prior to 1989 have survived to benefit the children of today.
The economic crisis in sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s and 1990s generated fierce debate among analysts and policy-makers concerning its causes and appropriate ways out of it. This volume addresses the key policy issues in structural adjustment in Africa.