UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Poverty: A Role for Cash Transfers?

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AUTHOR Rebecca Holmes and Armando Barrientos
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2009
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection

Increasingly, social protection in conceptualised as a set of public actions that address poverty, vulnerability and risk throughout the lifecycle. Such actions may potentially be conducted in tandem with private initiatives - either formal private sector or informal individual or community initiatives. Children's experience of risk, vulnerability and deprivation is shaped by four broad characteristics of childhood poverty and vulnerability: multidimensionality, embracing both monetary and non-monetary aspects of poverty; changes over the course of the lifecycle; the relational nature of childhood derived from the situation of dependence on adults; and the particular voicelessness that characterises children's status in society.

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