|AUTHOR||Deolinda Martins, Elena Gaia|
|TOPIC||Child poverty and disparities|
Poverty disproportionately affects children in all CEECIS countries for which data is available.
Social protection is needed to mitigate the lasting effects of the 2008/09 economic crisis in CEECIS, as well as the additional strains on households due to the Eurozone crisis, high unemployment, and recurring food/fuel price spikes.
Existing social protection systems in the region need urgent reform: programmes for children need to reach more vulnerable families, provide higher allocations, and offer additional support services beyond cash.