UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Final Report - Design Options, Cost and Implacts of a Cash Transfer Programme in Senegal: Simulation Results

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AUTHOR UNICEF Bureau du Sénégal & CSOPLCP
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TYPE Lessons Learned/Good Practices
DATE 2011
TOPIC Budgeting for children
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Cash transfers are increasingly considered among the most effective policy instruments to help the most vulnerable. In fact, evidence from rigorous evaluations from various countries suggests that such programs have had positive impacts in reducing poverty, improving health, nutrition and education.

In Senegal, children under 5 and especially in rural areas remain highly vulnerable and in urgent need of help. For instance, 1 in 4 children under 5 leave under extreme poverty in rural areas. In urban areas extreme poverty is only 3% for children under 5. Within the poorest quintile, 142 out of 1,000 children die before the age of 5, and 1 in 4 children are underweight and present delays in growth. Further, vulnerable children are highly exposed to a variety of shocks, including the recent food price increases, weather and health shocks, etc., that can have long lasting effects in their development.


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