UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

The Global Economic Crisis and Children: Effects and Policy Options in Ghana

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AUTHOR Antwi-Asare, T., J. Cockburn, E.F.A. Cooke, I. Fofana, L. Tiberti, and D.K. Twerefou
ORGANIZATION UNICEF-Innocenti Research Centre
TYPE Policy Brief
DATE 2010
TOPIC Economic crisis and recovery
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

The global economic crisis that began in 2008 has set back much of the recent progress made in most sub-Saharan African countries. Economy-wide effects range from declining investment in public services to diminished access to credit, from growing unemployment and diminished consumption capacities to heightened social exclusion. Furthermore, reductions in fiscal resources and foreign aid available to governments have affected public service delivery, not just in education, health, sanitation and water, but also in areas such as social protection. Under these circumstances, children risk suffering most and longest from the consequences of the crisis. A timely understanding of the potential impacts on them is urgent to formulate appropriate policy responses.


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