|AUTHOR||Degol Hailu and Fabio Veras Soares|
|ORGANIZATION||International Poverty Centre|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
According to the 2005 UN report on the world social situation, "income transfer programmes that sustain the poorest families are essential to changing the structure of opportunities and are key to reducing the intergenerational transmission of poverty and inequality." In the same year, the UN Economic Commission for Africa recognised the value of cash transfers in tackling extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Given the growing popularity of cash transfers, the articles in this issue of Poverty in Focus draw attention to the conditional cash transfer programmes in Latin America and the social transfers in Africa.