Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia

From a child and equity perspective

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This comparative study maps the non-contributory flagship social protection programmes in South Asia and identifies their child- and gender-sensitive features. It suggests that larger countries boast higher capacities to cover multiple groups with their social protection programmes, while smaller ones may prefer to coordinate various programmes for different groups. Most programmes are unconditional cash transfers, have one target group and employ a combination of targeting mechanisms. Food transfers, however, are the programmes reaching most people. Slightly more than half of the programmes mapped have at least one child-sensitive feature, but most only target school-age children, leaving children under the age of 6 largely uncovered. Multiple programmes have been identified supporting children’s access to education and health care, although support to child nutrition has been rather rare. With few exceptions, most programmes have low estimated child coverage rates.

Website/ link of original publication:  https://ipcig.org/pt-br/publication/29384

Pedro Arruda, Yannick Markhof, Isabela Franciscon, Wesley Silva, Charlotte Bilo
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