Social and Economic Policy

UNICEF's work in social and economic policy

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UNICEF focuses on the critical impact social and economic policy issues have on children. Our work is centered around child poverty and disparities, child-senstive social protection, migration and social budgeting. This site explains how these issues affect children and the work UNICEF is doing to address them. To learn more, please see our 2009 Thematic Report.

Building on field experience and working in alliance with other United Nations agencies, UNICEF collaborates with partners to stimulate dialogue around macrolevel policies that guide national frameworks, legislative reform and budgetary allocations affecting children and women. UNICEF advocates for action, builds capacities and leverages resources so that national and global investments contribute to fulfilling the rights of boys and girls, including in emergency situations.

A network of social policy advisors and officers in regional and country offices work within UNICEF to develop and strengthen important external partnerships at country, regional and global levels with ministries of finance, parliaments, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, among others.

The links below lead to lessons-learned, presentations and helpful information from our regional offices highlighting social and economic policy work in the following areas: 

Upstream policy work, within a rights and gender framework, has generated increasing engagement with, and capacity-building of, civil society, enabling citizens to exercise their rights to participate in public policy decisions. UNICEF uses statistics to monitor progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and subjects national and international policies to scrutiny against the norms and standards set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, so children’s rights can be at the centre of global and country-level policy debates.

Within UNICEF, the Innocenti Research Centre serves as the research arm of the organization to support advocacy for children worldwide. The Centre aims to improve international understanding of issues relating to children's rights, promote research and economic policies that advance the cause of boys and girls and help facilitate the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in both developing and industrialized countries. The Centre maintains academic freedom and focuses research efforts on knowledge gaps, emerging questions and sensitive issues relevant to the realization of children's rights.



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