A Financial Benchmark for Child Protection

The aim of this study is to provide reliable information on the volume and distribution of public expenditure on Child Protection services at the Federal and States levels

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The Consolidated Child Protection Financial Benchmark Report represents the first assessment of Federal and State expenditure on child protection services and programmes in Nigeria. Following the 2015 Presidential Year of Action to End Violence Against Children, the President launched the national Roadmap for Ending Violence Against Children in 2016, which identified a number of multi-sectoral priority actions, among which the need for an “increase of budgetary allocations to child protection”. As a result of the Roadmap, Nigeria was declared a global Pathfinding country in recognition of its commitments to end violence against children, including a commitment to increase investment in child protection.  

Led by the Government of Nigeria in close collaboration with UNICEF, the Report provides an analysis of budgetary data from 2014 and 2015. It establishes a baseline against which progress toward the Roadmap commitments and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 16.2 can be monitored, while also providing a platform for advocacy with key decision-makers in Nigeria. The Report includes significant recommendations for action, including opportunities for the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria to increase and improve the quality of budget allocations and expenditures on child protection services and programmes.

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