UNICEF focuses on the critical impact social and economic policy issues have on children. Our work is centered around Global Economic Crisis and Recovery, Child Poverty and Disparities, Social Budgeting and Public Finance, Migration and Social Protection.
Building on field experience and working in alliance with other United Nations agencies, UNICEF collaborates with partners to stimulate dialogue around macrolevel policies that guide national frameworks, legislative reform and budgetary allocations affecting children and families. Read more on Policy Matters; which showcase results of UNICEF's upstream policy analysis and advocacy and highlights new thinking on social policy areas.
A network of UNICEF social policy advisors and officers work to develop and strengthen important external partnerships at country, regional and global levels with ministries of finance, parliaments, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, among others.
The links below lead to lessons-learned, presentations and helpful information from our regional offices highlighting ongoing social and economic policy work:
- Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE CIS);
- East Asia and the Pacific (EAPRO);
- Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO);
- Latin America and the Caribbean (TACRO);
- Middle East and North Africa (MENA);
- South Asia (ROSA);
- West and Central Africa (WCARO);
- Innocenti Research Centre (IRC). Within UNICEF, the IRC serves as the research arm of the organization to support advocacy for children worldwide.
Upstream policy work, within a rights and gender framework, has generated increasing engagement with, and capacity-building of, civil society, enabling citizens to exercise their rights to participate in public policy decisions. UNICEF uses statistics to monitor progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and subjects national and international policies to scrutiny against the norms and standards set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, so children's rights can be at the centre of global and country-level policy debates.
Documents and publications
Preparing for an Uncertain Future:
Expanding Social Protection for Children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Investing in Children: Right in Principle and in Practice
A Review of the Social and Economic Returns to Investing in Children
Global Inequality: Beyond the Bottom Billion: A Rapid Review of Income Distribution in 141 Countries
NEW French, Spanish
Child Poverty Insights
Child Development and Economic Development: Lessons and Future
Social Protection Strategic Framework
Launched in New York and Brussels
The International Experts Conference on Measurement and Policy Approaches to Enhance Equity for the New Generation in MENA
Pratolino IV - Global consultation on Social Policy, Equity, Rights and Development