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The situation of children in transition countries (CEE/CIS region)

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States have experienced momentous change since 1989 - change that has had a direct impact on the lives of ordinary people and their children. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of communism catapulted these countries into a new era of political, economic and social reform. Concerned that children may be overlooked in the upheaval, UNICEF created a monitoring project at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in 1992 to gather and analyse relevant data on the changes that were taking place in social conditions and in the public policies affecting them. The project, now known as the MONEE Project (Monitoring in Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics), uses the most authoritative data available to highlight the human impact of the transition, advocating for measures to protect children from economic and social fallout and ensure that they share in the benefits of economic growth. While the project has a special focus on children, is also aims to documents changes in living standards among all groups.

The project has grown in scale since 1992, when it focused solely on Central and Eastern Europe, and now covers all 27 countries in transition. The work is carried out by a small research team at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, working with external consultants and with the central statistical offices and research centres of each country in the region. At present, the Project receives financial support from the Government of Italy, the World Bank and the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics.

Publications

Innocenti Social Monitor 2009. Child Well-being at a Crossroads: Evolving challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Publication Publication

Innocenti Social Monitor 2009. Child Well-being at a Crossroads: Evolving challenges in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

The evolving and diverging challenges for the well-being of children after two decades of transition are examined. Following a long period of sustained economic growth and gradual improvements in living standards, the global economic crisis is now threatening to reverse some of the recent positive achievements and plunge households and children into another phase of uncertainty. Providing a comprehensive overview of the decade up to 2008 and discussing monitoring and data challenges for the region, the report aims to help support and guide policy debate and decisions in a period of economic crisis.
Innocenti Social Monitor 2006: Understanding child poverty in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
Publication Publication

Innocenti Social Monitor 2006: Understanding child poverty in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

This is a study of child poverty in a fast-changing region. Since 1998 almost all countries of the South-Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States region have shown signs of economic recovery. The numbers of people living in income poverty has fallen, living standards have generally improved and opportunities for many children in the region have expanded. Yet the study shows that not all children are benefiting from the economic growth and that Governments in the region need to give higher policy priority to tackling disadvantage and deprivation endured by children. The Social Monitor 2006 provides practical examples of ways in which children can be given distinct attention and visibility in the analysis of poverty and in policy priorities, while also stressing that data collection has to be improved and made more accessible in order to allow the impact of policies on children to be effectively assessed and addressed.
Children and Disability in Transition in CEE/CIS and Baltic States
Publication Publication

Children and Disability in Transition in CEE/CIS and Baltic States

This Innocenti Insight looks at how children with disabilities and their families have fared in the rapidly changing environment of this region since transition in the early 1980’s. It builds upon the significant body of research and policy reflections accrued at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) with the support of national statistical offices in the 27 countries of the region. UNICEF IRC has tracked and explored the impact on children and their families of economic and social changes in the region since transition began. This report draws upon three new pieces of research that include data, a qualitative survey and first-person interviews.

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Albania: mother's employment and children poverty

Armenia: employment of women having children and child poverty

Azerbaijan: occupation of women having children and child poverty

Belarus: employment of women and support of low-income households with children

Bulgaria: mother's employment and children poverty

Child and Family Welfare in Russia: Trends and Indicators

Child and Family Welfare in Russia: Trends and Indicators - Russian version

Child and Family Welfare in Tajikistan: Trends and Indicators

Child and Family Welfare in Tajikistan: Trends and Indicators - Russian version

Child and Family Welfare in Ukraine: Trends and Indicators

Child and Family Welfare in Ukraine: Trends and Indicators - Russian version

Children and disability in Albania

Children and disability in Armenia

Children and disability in Azerbaijan

Children and disability in Belarus

Children and disability in Bulgaria

Children and disability in Czech Republic

Children and disability in Estonia

Children and disability in Hungary

Children and disability in Kyrgyz Republic

Children and disability in Moldova

Children and disability in Poland

Children and disability in Romania

Children and disability in Russia

Children and disability in Slovak Republic

Children and disability in Tajikistan

Children and disability in Ukraine

Children in conflict with law in Azerbaijan

Children in conflict with the law in Moldova

Children in conflict with the law in Albania

Children in conflict with the law in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Children in conflict with the law in Bulgaria

Children in conflict with the law in Czech Republic

Children in conflict with the law in Hungary

Children in conflict with the law in Kyrgyzstan

Children in conflict with the law in Poland

Children in conflict with the law in Romania

Children in conflict with the law in Russian Federation

Children in conflict with the law in Slovakia

Children in conflict with the law in Tajikistan

Children in conflict with the law in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Children in conflict with the law in the Republic of Belarus

Children in conflict with the law in Ukraine

Czech Republic: mother's employment and children poverty

Employment among women with children and child poverty in the Republic of Tajikistan

Employment among women with children and child poverty in the Russian Federation

Estonia: mother's employment and children poverty

Estonian case: young people in transition. From risks to opportunities and participation

Family and child welfare trends in the transition period in Kyrgyzstan

Family and Child Welfare Trends in the Transition Period in Kyrgyzstan - Russian version

Hungary: mother's employment and children poverty

Kyrgyzstan: employment of women with children and child poverty

Macedonia: mother's employment and children poverty

Maternal employment in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Moldova: mother's employment and children poverty

Poland: mother's employment and children poverty

Poverty and Welfare over the 1990's in the Republic of Moldova: Indicators of Status and Trends

Poverty and welfare trends in Estonia over the 1990s

Poverty and welfare trends in Hungary over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Kyrgyzstan over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Kyrgyzstan over the 1990s - Russian version

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Moldova over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Moldova over the 1990s - Russian version

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Poland over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Tajikistan over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Tajikistan over the 1990s - Russian version

Poverty and welfare trends in the Republic of Belarus (1990-2000)

Poverty and welfare trends in the Republic of Belarus (1990-2000) - Russian version

Poverty and Welfare Trends in the Russian Federation over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in the Russian Federation over the 1990s - Russian version

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Ukraine over the 1990s

Poverty and Welfare Trends in Ukraine over the 1990s - Russian version

Poverty and welfare trends over 1990s in Armenia

Poverty and welfare trends over the 1990's in Hungary

Poverty and welfare trends over the 1990s in the Czech Republic

Poverty and Welfare Trends over the 1990s in the Slovak Republic

Results of economic and social development in Azerbaijan in the 2000s

Romania: mother's employment and children poverty

Slovakia: mother's employment and children poverty

Social and economic development in Bulgaria in the year 2000

Social Trends: Romania in the '90s

Social welfare and family benefits in Estonia

System in support of children deprived of parental care in Azerbaijan

System in support of children deprived of parental care in Bulgaria

System in support of children without parental care in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Entity Analytical Report)

System in support of children without parental care in Albania

System in support of children without parental care in Armenia

System in support of children without parental care in Belarus

System in support of children without parental care in Czech Republic

System in support of children without parental care in Hungary

System in support of children without parental care in Kyrgyzstan

System in support of children without parental care in Moldova

System in support of children without parental care in Poland

System in support of children without parental care in Republika Srpska

System in support of children without parental care in Romania

System in support of children without parental care in Slovakia

System in support of children without parental care in Tajikistan

System in support of children without parental care in Uzbekistan

System in support of children without parental in Russian Federation

System of social protection of children without parental care in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

System, in support of children without parental care in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional level in Albania

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Armenia

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Azerbaijan

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Bulgaria

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Estonia

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Hungary

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Kyrgyzstan

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Macedonia

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Poland

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Romania

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Russia

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Slovakia

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Tajikistan

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in the Czech Republic

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in the Republic of Belarus

The Situation of Children and Young People at the Regional Level in Ukraine

The Youth of the Republic of Moldova during the Transition Period

Trends and indicators of the child and family welfare in the Republic of Belarus (1990-1999)

Trends and indicators of the child and family welfare in the Republic of Belarus (1990-1999) - Russian version

Trends and indicators on child and family well-being in Armenia

Trends and indicators on child and family well-being in Bulgaria

Trends and Indicators on Child and Family Well-Being in Poland

Trends and Indicators on Child and Family Well-Being in Romania

Trends and Indicators on Child and Family Well-Being in Slovakia

Trends and indicators on child and family well-being in the Czech Republic

Trends and indicators on child well-being in Estonia

Trends and indicators on family and children well-being in Azerbaijan

Ukraine: general labour market assessment

Young people in transition in Armenia

Young people in transition in Hungary

Young People in Transition in Poland

Young People in Transition in Romania

Young People in Transition in Slovakia

Youth at transition period in Azerbaijan Republic

Youth of Bulgaria: some problems and risks during the transition period

Background papers

Children in conflict with the law in Armenia

Conferences & Meetings

The MONEE Project at UNICEF IRC: 1992 - 2009

Related

Innocenti Project(s) 2000-2002:

Monitoring in the CEE/CIS and Baltics: the MONEE project

Innocenti Project(s) 1997-1999:

Monitoring in the CEE/CIS and Baltics: the MONEE project

Innocenti Project(s) 1994-1996:

Monitoring in the CEE/CIS and Baltics: the MONEE project

Innocenti Project(s) 1991-1993:

Monitoring in the CEE/CIS and Baltics: the MONEE project

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