UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Are Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers Impacting Child Poverty? A Nicaraguan Case Study

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AUTHOR Aja Badame, Michela Calabrese, Verouschka Capellan, Blerta Cela and Tatiana Macio
ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2005
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

In 1999, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund began requiring low-income countries to develop national poverty reduction strategies to receive debt relief and further concessional lending. This paper addresses how poverty reduction strategies have impacted the reduction of child poverty. Analysis collected by quantitative and qualitative research revealed that the strategies brought poverty to the forefront of the national agenda. However, they also found that impoverished children are not a priority and are sparsely included in programs and policies and that there are competing national poverty and development strategies, causing confusion. The team recommends that national priorities be set to reflect stronger linkage between policies and children's needs.  Civil society and community voices must be integrated into policy formation and should be used to evaluate poverty reduction strategies to highlight local needs in the national agenda.


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