Social Protection for Children
The objective of this Policy Note is to shed light on the current system of child benefits in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
When social protection programs do not reach the families and children who need them, children experience serious, prolonged deprivations of their rights. The consequences are often irreversible, and have multiple, compounding effects for both the child and society as a whole. Children who do not reach their full potential are not able to contribute fully to social, political and economic growth, and children who experience poverty are more likely to be poor when they are older, perpetuating the ‘cycle of poverty’.
The objective of this Policy Note is to shed light on the current system of child benefits in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with the primary goal of understanding to what extent this financial assistance is reaching the poorest members of the community, and whether these payments are adequate to meet the needs of children.