UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Vulnerability of Children and Poor Families to the Economic Recession of 2008-2009

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ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2010
TOPIC Economic crisis and recovery
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This qualitative study assessed the impact of the global economic crisis on children and poor families in South Africa. The study also examined the coping strategies utilized by affected individuals and households as well as the adequacy of existing social protection programmes in dealing with the effects of the shock. Data were collected through a crosssectional survey, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and case studies that were conducted in the North West, KZN and Limpopo provinces. The
LSM categorization was used as a measure of the “poverty” level in an affected individual’s household while access to grants and UIF money provided a measure of the cushioning effects of state support to affected individuals and their families.


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