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This report investigates how COVID-19 and other shocks have impacted child well-being in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) during 2020 and the potential role of cash transfers and external resources to help children and economies. It reviews the latest social, economic and financial information from a range of global databases and modelling exercises, draws on emerging country-level reporting and carries out projections where recent data are unavailable. Although information remains incomplete and things are quickly evolving, the outlook is alarming.
Evidence and objective assessment are needed more than ever
to help enhance the rights and well-being of the world’s children. Researching the changing world around us and evaluating progress are two sides of the same coin, both critical to reimagining a better future for children. In recognition of this,
UNICEF celebrates and showcases innovative and influential research and
evaluations from our offices around the world every year. For 2020, Innocenti and the
Evaluation Office joined forces to find the most rigorous UNICEF studies with
greatest influence on policies and programmes that benefit children.
Johanna Caldwell; Ashleigh Delaye; Tonino Esposito (et al.)
Gilmar Zambrana Cruz; Gwyther Rees
Margot Thierry; Avhild Strømme; Katharine Williamson (et al.)
Children affected by humanitarian crises are among
the most vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect and
most in need of protection, yet there is limited commitment to fund
protective responses. Throughout 2020, the impact of the global COVID-19
pandemic and the containment measures have layered risk upon risk for
children in humanitarian crises. Although the overall funding for child
protection is increasing, the funding gap remains wide due to the needs
increasing at an alarming rate. This report builds on analysis undertaken in 2019 and documented in the report Unprotected: Crisis in Humanitarian Funding for Child Protection (Unprotected 2019) and incorporates 2019 and 2020 funding, as well as additional funding streams related to refugee context.
Todd I. Herrenkohl; Debbie Scott; Daryl J. Higgins (et al.)
Qi Wu; Yanfeng Xu
Lorretta Domfeh Owusu; Kwabena Frimpong-Manso
UNFPA estimates that in addition to the 150 million girls at risk of child marriage pre-pandemic, the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 will put an additional 13 million more girls at risk over the next 10 years. Out of that number, up to four million girls may be in danger of child marriage in the next two years alone, with most child marriages taking place in the immediate aftermath of a crisis.
Claire Bynner; Maureen McBride; Sarah Weakley (et al.)
UNICEF Innocenti's Children and COVID-19 Library is a database collecting research from around the world on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and adolescents.
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