TBILISI, Georgia, 4 February, 2019. The Welfare Monitoring Study (WMS) is a nationally representative biennial panel survey carried out by UNICEF Georgia since 2009. The survey is used to measure major socio-economic indicators, education and healthcare, child welfare, social protection, etc. The recommendations based on the study findings inform policy makers to introduce systemic changes for strengthening social protection, health and education systems in the country.
According to WMS extreme child poverty rates over 2009-2017 are as follows:
- 2009 - 11.5 per cent
- 2011 – 9.4 per cent
- 2013 – 6 per cent
- 2015 – 2.5 per cent
- 2017 – 6.8 per cent.
The findings of 2011 WMS triggered discussions around the Targeted Social Assistance programme and resulted in its revision in 2013 -2015 with the support of UNICEF. The reform introduced specific child cash benefits, which was unprecedented in Georgia’s history. In 2019 in response to increased child poverty rates, the Government introduced a five-fold increase in the child cash benefits. Currently UNICEF is supporting the Government in carrying out an in-depth impact evaluation of the Targeted Social Assistance and Child Benefits programme. The results of the evaluation will be available by the end of the year.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/