UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Simulation of the Effects of the Economic Crisis and Response Policies on Children in West and Central Africa: The Case of Burkina Faso

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AUTHOR Lacina Balma, John Cockburn, Ismaël Fofana, Samuel Kaboré and Luca Tiberti
ORGANIZATION Innocenti Research Centre
TYPE Case Studies
DATE 2010
TOPIC Economic crisis and recovery
LANGUAGE English and French
ABSTRACT

Burkina Faso's hard earned economic gains in recent years have been eroded by the 2008-09 world financial and economic crisis. The country will particularly feel the effects of the world economic crisis due to its close links with the world economy. Most of the adverse effects are transmitted to households then passed onto children. The situation of children principally depends on the monetary and non-monetary wellbeing of their household. This, together with their greater vulnerability, means that children are at risk of suffering more, and for longer, from the impacts of the crisis. It is therefore crucial to understand and anticipate the effects that the crisis may have on children in Burkina Faso and to propose options for social protection to counter these effects.

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