This project has been a two year collaboration between ODI and UNICEF WCARO and is the first study of its kind on childhood poverty and vulnerability and social protection in the region.
The region has the lowest child and human development indicators globally so it is especially important as social protection debates become more prominent on the international agenda that we pay particular attention to the West and Central Africa region, and undoubtedly even more pressing in the context of the current global economic downturn.
The study has involved five in-depth country case studies in partnerships with local researchers, spanning a range of post-conflict and fragile state contexts to established democracies, oil rich states to impoverished Sahelian countries:
- Congo Brazaville
- Equatorial Guinea
The study has also produced five thematic studies, on:
- National social protection systems;
- Cash transfers;
- Fiscal space opportunities for social protection;
- Social health insurance; and
- Linkages between child protection and social protection systems.
The country specific reports have all been discussed and launched at national stakeholder workshops in the five countries in recent months and have contributed to higher level commitments for increased investment in social protection, including the development of a new pilot cash transfer programme in Senegal.
This paper, based on a recent research report on social protection and children in Equatorial Guinea, discusses how the country could develop a social protection system that would help reduce childhood poverty and vulnerability and translate the high rate of...
As part of a broader study on childhood poverty and social protection in West and Central Africa, this paper provides an overview of poverty, vulnerability and risk in Mali and discusses the extent to which social protection systems and instruments are...
As part of a broader study on childhood poverty and social protection in West and Central Africa, this paper provides an overview of poverty, vulnerability and risk in Senegal and discusses the extent to which social protection systems and instruments are...
Pour un impact à long terme durable, il est essentiel de choisir le développement des enfants et la réduction de la pauvreté de l’enfant comme une priorité pour les programmes de transferts de fonds. En effet, les nombreux programmes de transferts d’espèces...
La protección social y los niños en Africa Occidental y Central - Estudio de Caso: Guinea Ecuatorial
Dados los altos niveles de vulnerabilidad y pobreza durante la niñez en Guinea Ecuatorial, la protección social sensible a los niños, como parte de una política social y económica, podría contribuir significativamente a reducir la pobreza y mejorar la vida de...
This report and policy brief review the existing social protection programmes in the country, analysing the extent to which they are contributing to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability among children and their caregivers.
At this event, the findings and policy implications of a major research project on child-sensitive social protection in West and Central Africa (2007-9) were discussed.