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Increasing investment in social protection for poverty reduction and inclusive growth

Social policy brief

This policy brief is a result of UNICEF collaboration with Social Protection Coordination Unit through its commissioned research study to University of Maastritch to conduct “Estimation of Rate of Return on Social Protection Instruments in Cambodia: Case of Non-contributory transfer”. It aims to simplify the key findings from the complete report of the study complicated by econometric models into easy to read text for high level policy and decision makers of the Royal Government of Cambodia and general public. The brief highlights the returns on investment on four basic social protection instruments that could be implemented in Cambodia including cash transfers for children, social pensions, scholarships for lower secondary education, and public works programmes. It also call for the immediate consideration into investing into these interventions to achieve immediate result in reducing poverty and inequality and increasing poor household income which could lead to increased investment in children.

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