Access to social services remains a challenge for many children in Myanmar. That is why it is a priority to expand the national social protection system to ensure all people – especially the most vulnerable, including children – are included.
Building a strong social protection system requires adequate financing – as well as solid evidence in the form of quality data and statistics. Crucially, quality data allows changes to be measured over time, enabling decision-makers to assess whether national social policies are being effective, and whether budgets are being well allocated for optimum results for all citizens, and for national growth and development.
Ensuring universal access to birth registration is a vital step towards building an inclusive society with protections for all. Myanmar has achieved remarkable results in registering children’s births, with coverage jumping from 72 per cent in 2009 to 81 per cent in 2015. Still, many children continue to be left out.
Establishing effective certification tools for children with disabilities is also key to building social inclusion, as these tools can enable pathways for the children to access their rights and fully participate in society.