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Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Expanding Social Protection for Children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

This 2012 working brief is focusing on expanding social protection in the region.

Poverty disproportionately affects children in all countries for which data is available. Social protection is needed to mitigate the lasting effects of the 2008/09 economic crisis in the region, 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.

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