Social policy and social protection

Greater national commitment, accountability and capacity to legislate, plan and budget for inclusive social policies, and progressively integrate social protection measures into relevant programme areas.

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UNICEF Madagascar


92 per cent of the Malagasy population live under the national poverty line, in the areas affected by the drought, this percentage reaches 98 per cent.

For children 5-14 years old, deprivation rates in education are almost four times higher among the poorest 20 per cent (49 per cent not attending school) than the richest 20 per cent.

More than 6 million girls under the age of 18 are particularly deprived from equitable access to quality social services.

Budget allocation to the health and education sectors are insufficient.

In 2017, the budget allocated to the Ministry of Health constitutes 6% of the total national budget and 18 per cent for the Ministry of Education.

UNICEF programme

Strengthen social protection at the national level

Strengthen national capacity in the development and implementation of social protection strategy; co-lead the social protection working group; implement cash transfer programme.

Policy support for inclusive social policies and social protection measures

Building national capacity in legislating, planning and budgeting of the social sectors; policy dialogue and partnerships with national partners to contribute to greater national commitment, accountability; review of public expenditure in social sectors.

Strengthen evidence-based programming

Analysis of the socio-economic situation and its impact on the situation of mothers and children; evaluation and recommendations to influence social policies and budgeting.

Advocacy and capacity building for the integration of child rights in business practices  

Study on the situation of children in the tourism, extractive and industrial sectors; partnership with the private sector to support UNICEF’s programme; advocacy for the promotion and respect of child rights among the private sector.