|AUTHOR||Isabel Ortiz, Gaspar Fajth, Jennifer Yablonski and Amjad Rabi|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
MDG progress is measured in terms of national averages but these statistical averages often disguise that progress has not accrued to those at the bottom -- arguably those who need it most. Social protection is essential to accelerate MDGs with equity by facilitating access to essential services and decent living standards. Specifically, there is strong evidence that social protectin contributes to MDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 -- with stronger impacts for the disadvantaged. In the aftermath of the global crisis there is a historical opportunity to expand social protection in developing countries.