|AUTHOR||Social Security Department|
|ORGANIZATION||International Labour Office|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
Social protection is a powerful tool to prevent and alleviate poverty and inequality. Social security systems in many developed market economies reduce poverty and inequality by half or more. There are also a growing number of successful examples regarding the role of social transfers in combating poverty in Africa, Latin America and Asia, delivering much faster results than the ones expected from a trickle-down effect from economic policies. For a low-income country, even a basic social security system can make the difference between achieving or not achieving Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty by 2015.