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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

The Role of Cash Transfers in Tackling Childhood Poverty

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AUTHOR Sophie Grooten
ORGANIZATION Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
TYPE Policy Brief
DATE 2006
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection

This briefing note provides an overview of the role of cash transfers in the reduction of children's poverty in low and middle income countries. Drawing on existing literature and programme experiences, the note outlines the following key points:

  • There has been an increasing emphasis on (targeted) cash transfers as a key instrument to reduce poverty, deprivation and vulnerability of children worldwide.
  • Recent study findings highlight the positive impacts of both conditional and unconditional cash transfers on children's education, nutrition and well-being.
  • Evidence is increasingly showing that modest social transfers are affordable and cost-effective even in the poorest countries, particulary when additional resources from international development assistance are taken into account.   




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