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Victor Cebotari

Consultant (Former title)

Victor Cebotari (PhD Social Protection, Maastricht University) joined the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in 2017. His research interests span social policy, education, migration, gender, child wellbeing, and multidimensional deprivation. Before joining UNICEF, Victor worked as a researcher at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. As part of this position, he studied the effects of migration on children’s life chances in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, Victor was a recipient of a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research. During his career, Victor consulted for UNICEF, UNDP, NWO, EPRI, and several governmental agencies in Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. At UNICEF Office of Research, Victor is working on topics that bridge child education, migration, and policy development.
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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?