UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Cash Transfers as an Instrument for Child-Focused Social Protection in Senegal

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AUTHOR Paola Pereznieto
ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Field Examples
DATE 2009
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Social protection instruments are used to mitigate the risks and vulnerabilities of the population in general, but can be adapted to address those specific to children, by acting to reduce the multiple, intersecting and severe deprivations and vulnerabilities they face.

Senegal has made significant progress in poverty reduction, with its poverty headcount going from 67.9% of the population in 1994 to 50.6% in 2005, but the level of poverty is still high. Senegalese authorities have recognized that it is necessary to give specific attention to vulnerable groups, including children, so that they are not excluded from the countries growth and development, particularly as many child wellbeing indicators are still faring poorly.


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