Social and Economic Policy


UNICEF actively works to draw from and build upon research initiatives taking place at relevant institutions contributing to the body of social policy knowledge. These include other United Nations agencies, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations. The following links provide information and materials for further reading related to the broad areas of UNICEF's social policy work. To stay on top of our work, follow us on Twitter!

Better Care Network: Social Welfare Systems
The Better Care Network is a vital source of information for people working on issues related to children who lack adequate family care.

Brooks World Policy Institute (University of Manchester) 
Brooks World Policy Institute is a multidisciplinary centre of global excellence researching poverty, poverty reduction and inequality in both the developing and developed worlds.

Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability
The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability works to promote transparent, accountable and participatory governance, and a people-centred perspective in preparation and implementation of budgets.

Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre
The Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre is a collaborative research and policy programme which involves Save the Children, the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and partners in China, India, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. It aims to contribute to global poverty reduction efforts.

Chronic Poverty Research Centre
The Chronic Poverty Research Centre is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs which exists to focus attention on chronic poverty. It aims to stimulate national and international debate; deepen understanding of the causes of chronic poverty; and provide research, analysis and policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction.

Committee on the Rights of the Child
The Committee on the Rights of the Child is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties.

Crisis Watch
Crisis Watch is a global network of researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in monitoring the on-the-ground impacts of the financial crisis.

Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty
The Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty aims to promote new policy approaches that will help to maximize the potential benefits of migration for poor people, whilst minimizing its risks and costs.

DevInfo is a powerful database system that monitors progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. It generates tables, graphs and maps for reports and presentations.

Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Eurochild's work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Equity for Children
Equity for Children is an initiative of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School in partnership with the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University.

HelpAge International
HelpAge International works toward universal social pensions, basic education and health care should be incorporated as a single social protection goal in national and international development plans.

Global Migration Group
The Global Migration Group is an inter-agency United Nations group that aims to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration.

Innocenti Research Centre
The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, was established in 1988 to strengthen the research capability of the UNICEF and to support its advocacy for children worldwide.

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy collaborates with UNICEF's research initiatives to produce pioneering social science research and to shape public policy by integrating knowledge and methods across the social scientific disciplines.

International Budget Partnership
The International Budget Partnership works primarily with researchers and NGOs in developing countries or new democracies.

International Council on Social Welfare
ICSW and its members are active in a wide range of fields within the general areas of social development, social welfare and social justice. This includes issues such as food and nutrition, welfare and health services, social protection, education and housing, as well as many issues relating to economic development, human rights and community participation.

International Labour Organisation
The International Labour Organization is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.

International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund is an organization of 186 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, formerly the International Poverty Centre, aims to facilitate South-South learning in development solutions by fostering policy dialogue; carrying out policy-oriented research; as well as conducting training and evaluation.

Overseas Development Institute
ODI is Britain's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

Oxfam International
Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change.

Plan International
Plan's work to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty is based around 8 core areas: education, health, water and sanitation, protection, economic security, emergencies, child participation and sexual health, including HIV.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 3
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women.

Save the Children UK
Save the Children UK is working to ensure children get proper healthcare, food, education and protection.

TransMONEE database
The TransMONEE database captures a vast range of data relevant to the social and economic situation and well-being of children, young people and women in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs
The United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs is guided by the belief that eradicating poverty and improving the well-being of people everywhere are necessary steps in creating conditions for lasting world peace.

United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality.

United Nations Development Programme
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.  Also visit UNDP's Poverty Reduction website and the Crisis, Vulnerability, and Response Monitoring website.

World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

Young Lives
Young Lives is a long-term international research project investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty in order to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of childhood poverty and to examine how policies affect children's well-being and to inform the development and implementation of policies and practices that will reduce childhood poverty.



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