UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Social Protection and Children: Opportunities and Challenges in Ghana

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ORGANIZATION UNICEF and ODI
TYPE Field Examples
DATE 2009
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Since the early 1990s, Ghana has made impressive strides in terms of economic growth, poverty reduction and democratic governance. Nevertheless, substantial swathes of the population still live in poverty and are vulnerable to a range of economic, social, lifecycle and environmental shocks and risks. 

Children are especially vulnerable, owing to their immaturity and dependence on adults. Indeed, sever shocks and deprivations can be life threatening for very young children. More generally, the abuses and deprivations during childhood can have lifelong consequences. By the same token, child-sensitive social protection programmes not only provide short-term protection but also, by contributing to investments in children (improved nutrition, health care and education), help to break the cycle of poverty and contribute to broader growth and development.


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