Policy advocacy and partnerships for children's rights
UNICEF's response to the crisis
UNICEF is constantly monitoring the situation of children on the ground, and current assessments are paying particular attention to the unfolding impacts the financial crisis is having on various aspects of children’s lives. UNICEF uses this information to adjust and augment its programming in areas such as health, nutrition, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, education and child protection. For already vulnerable families, humanitarian assistance plays a particularly important role in UNICEF operations.
UNICEF is conducting economic and social policy research and collecting data to better understand the full impact of the financial crisis on children. A key element of this work is the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, in which UNICEF works with over 50 countries to fill data gaps in monitoring the situation of women and children. In response to the recent food price increase, UNICEF identified 45 countries where children were at severe risk and allocated over $50 million of its resources towards programmes that provided an immediate response to the crisis and enhanced nutritional security.
In particular, UNICEF is working with national governments on the crisis, providing upstream policy advice and technical assistance to ensure that budgets are child-friendly and that children are offered social protection to offset the economic shocks facing families. Working with national governments in 25 countries, including Malawi, Kyrgyzstan and Mexico, UNICEF is supporting child-sensitive social protection, such as cash transfer and health financing schemes, which will help ensure children are protected during the crisis.