|AUTHOR||Antwi-Asare, T., J. Cockburn, E.F.A. Cooke, I. Fofana, L. Tiberti, and D.K. Twerefou|
|ORGANIZATION||UNICEF-Innocenti Research Centre|
|TOPIC||Economic crisis and recovery|
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.