A report by The Economist Intelligence Unit for UNICEF ROSA

UNICEF Afghanistan Pirozzi
UNICEF Afghanistan Pirozzi


As an evidence-based organisation, UNICEF programmes must be developed based on sound analyses of the political, socio-economic and demographic environment. Studying, understanding and forecasting the key trends affecting children in the South Asia region is an utmost priority for ROSA. The management teams across our 8 county offices, identified 12 trends shaping children’s and young people lives and well-being and commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to analyse these. These are: (i) impact of climate change; (ii) food security; (iii) air pollution; (iv) energy availability and consumption; (v) accelerating urbanization; (vi) mobility, migration and labour; (vii) property ownership and legal frameworks impacting livelihood; (viii) demographic dividend and long-term employment; (ix) rising wealth inequality; (x) digital inclusion; (xi) growth of private sector; and (xii) increasing access to online education. The 12 chapters all conclude with a section on implications for UNICEF, especially in terms of programming for children and families and as such will inform UNICEF evidence-based and risk-informed programming for every child.



  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU): Stefano Scuratti Regional Director,
  • APAC, Public Policy; Michael Frank Senior Analyst, APAC, Public Policy;
  • Sumana Rajarethnam Director, Partnerships, Asia; and Sabika Zehra, Analyst


Publication date: February 2020

UNICEF Afghanistan Pirozzi

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