|AUTHOR||Gabriele Köhler, Marta Cali and Mariana Stirbu|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
All eight South Asian countries provide some form of social protection to their citizens, and most are currently reviewing or upgrading their programmes and policies. This partly reflects policymakers' heightened interest in new approaches, policy instruments and tools to address poverty. Most recently, interest in social protection has intensified in light of the food price crisis and the global recession, which since 2008 has increased vulnerability and poverty in the region.