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Valeria Groppo

Social Policy Specialist

Valeria joined the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti in November 2016. She is contributing to assessing the impact of cash transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa on children’s schooling outcomes and participation in child labour. She previously worked as Research Associate for the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, where she specialized on the impact of weather shocks on individual human capital. Prior to this assignment, she has worked for the WTO and the ILO in Geneva, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Valeria holds a Master in Development Economics from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Milan.
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This paper examines the impact of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) on child work and education.


Jacobus de Hoop; Margaret W. Gichane; Valeria Groppo; Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski

This rapid review seeks to inform initial and long-term public policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing evidence on past economic policy and social protection responses to health and economic crises and their effects on children and families. The review focuses on virus outbreaks/emergencies, economic crises and natural disasters which, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, were rapid in onset, had wide-ranging geographical reach, and resulted in disruption of social services and economic sectors without affecting governance systems. Lessons are also drawn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic due to its impact on adult mortality rates and surviving children.


Ending child labour in South Asia through access to quality education (15 Jun 2020)

UNICEF Innocenti is undertaking a DFID-funded research project on Evidence on Educational Strategies to Address Child Labour in South Asia. ...

Children bear the cost of extreme weather: New evidence from Mongolia (21 Feb 2017)

Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent in many regions of the world.


Child labour and social protection in Africa

This research project explores how national social protection programmes aimed at reducing poverty, including cash transfers, affect child labour in t ...

Child labour and education in India and Bangladesh

A new research project, led by the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, aiming to identify effective educational strategies to address child labour in ...