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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Poverty in Mozambique and Budgetary Allocations

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AUTHOR Jean Dupraz and Meritxell Relano
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2007
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

As Mozambique is implementing its second poverty reducation strategy for the period 2006-2009, this paper examines the situation of childhood poverty in Mozambique by using a deprivations-based measure of childhood poverty (as opposed to the official consumption-based measure) and asks whether budgetary allocations by the Government of Mozambique are favourable to reducing childhood poverty. The paper indicates that give the impact and extent of childhood poverty, budget allocations in sectors key to child well being often do not correspond to the pattern of child development indicators. This paper provides a series of recommendations to address this situation, particularly in the health and education sectors.

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