16 February 2024


Child poverty is neither inevitable nor immune to efforts to address it: it can be reduced and even eradicated through continued attention and action. Since 2014, UNICEF has played an instrumental role in directing global attention to child poverty.   The SDGs call for multidimensional child poverty – a measure of poverty that goes beyond income – to be halved by 2030. UNICEF mobilizes actors at the national, regional, and global levels to help countries measure and address child poverty in all its dimensions. With the World Bank, we produce global statistics on extreme child poverty that help guide policymakers. In Moldova, we developed and tested a multi-deprivation measurement tool at the district level and strengthened the capacity of local public authorities on Public Financial Management.    We also work with the Governments of Moldova on integrated policies and programmes: an analysis of different costed models and schemes of ‘Ajutor Social’ using 'micro simulation' will inform social assistance reform processes.     In line with our global efforts to support the expansion of child-sensitive social protection programmes, including universal child benefits, UNICEF increased social assistance coverage for Moldovan families with children through evidence-based advocacy from analyses of social protection systems. These have been shown to positively impact children’s health, education, and nutrition.