Children and social protection in the Middle East and North Africa

Briefing papers
October 2011
Paola Pereznieto, Rachel Marcus and Erin Cullen

This Project Briefing synthesises findings from a study mapping social protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a particular focus on policies and programmes that impact children and how these might be strengthened.

Key findings include:

  • Social protection is an important policy area in the Middle East and North Africa Region, although most related resources are currently spent on regressive subsidies
  • Despite important progress in child well-being indicators across the region, income, gender and spatial inequities remain that keep children in a situation of poverty and vulnerability
  • Well designed and evidence-based child-sensitive social protection can be instrumental in improving the equitable development of children in the region

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