14 December 2021

Budget allocations and expenditure for children

Children rights can be directly or indirectly, positively, or negatively, affected by public budget-related decision. The committee of the Rights of the Child underlines that: “legislation, policies and programmes cannot be implemented without sufficient financial resources being mobilized, allocated and spent in an accountable, effective, efficient, equitable, participatory, transparent and sustainable manner”. Children rights should be prioritized at both national and sub-national levels, as required by the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Adequate budget processes that consider children rights, contribute not only to realize those rights, but they also impact on future economic growth, sustainable and inclusive development, and social cohesion.  UNICEF Albania has supported the development of budget briefs for budget allocations and expenditure on social sectors—education, health and social protection. The analysis confirms that all three sectors - health, social protection and education are considered public priorities. However, such increase has been uneven across the different sectors, reflecting shifts in policy priorities or challenges and shocks (i.e. earthquake/Covid-19 pandemic) Albania has confronted over time.  The budget brief reports provide evidence and help improve understanding around trends in planning and executing the budget in the select three sectors, and evidence-based advocacy to influence public spending for the three social sectors. By analyzing and monitoring budget allocations in the sectors, longer term objective is to influence the budget planning in the sectors to ensure a more equitable allocation of resources for the benefit of children and women.  Budget for Children Policy Brief Education Budget Brief Health Brief Social Protection Budget Brief  
03 October 2018

Social protection

The challenge, Too many families in need of social protection still face barriers accessing it. Discrimination against the most vulnerable children prevents many from receiving the benefits and services they are entitled to. Until now, social care services in Albania were limited and provided largely by non-state agencies. Existing social services are fragmented…, The solution, Social care reform In November 2016, after four years of intensive work, the Albanian government adopted the Law on Social Care Services and laid the foundation for a system of integrated services for vulnerable families and children. The law clearly directs both central and local governments to cover social care services and the setting up of a…, Resources, For further reading These resources represent just a small selection of materials produced by UNICEF globally and its partners in Albania. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information. Supporting Planning of Social Care Services Basket of Services (2016) Supporting Planning of Social Care Services Vulnerability Mapping (2015)…, Four years of hard work bears fruit, children reading UNICEF For many years in Albania neither child protection and development nor prevention of family poverty was prioritised within the social-protection system. Vulnerability to neglect and lack of basic services plagued many Albanians and in many cases economic assistance was the only support provided. Social-care services were…