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Kaku Attah Damoah


Kaku’s research examines poverty reduction strategies through household enterprise development, analysing how household enterprises react to various kinds of external shocks and policies. He brings that experience to UNICEF Innocenti to map out heterogeneity in household vulnerability, as well as to analyse the impact of cash transfer on vulnerable household resilience to shocks. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Florence and received his Ph.D in Economics from University of Trento.
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Acknowledging that health, economic, and social crises can rapidly become a crisis for children, this paper seeks to contribute evidence to understanding what the crisis means for children and for families with children in the countries of Southern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In particular, what governments and stakeholders should be looking for when seeking to protect children from the worst outcomes of the crisis. In doing so, this paper asks: Through which mechanisms can COVID-19 affect children in the region? What can we learn from previous crises about the potential effects on children and those who care for children? How is vulnerability to poverty and child well-being likely to be affected? Are initial government responses to the crisis likely to worsen or mitigate risks to children’s well-being? And how might future public policies be optimized in the short and medium term to protect child outcomes?


COVID-19 may pose greater risk to children than originally thought (21 Jul 2020)

It is commonly accepted, at least for now, that children and adolescents (0-19 years) have been largely spared the direct epidemiological ef ...


Supporting Families and Children Beyond COVID-19: Social protection in SE Europe and Central Asia


Social protection and cash transfers

A multi-country research and learning initiative to provide rigorous evidence on the impact of large-scale national cash transfer programmes.