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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Country and regional highlights

Economic crisis and recovery

Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

The economic slowdown, through lower incomes and higher unemployment, has affected the lives of the majority of families in the five largest urban centers in Turkey: Adana, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and Kocaeli. A new survey of living conditions in these cities shows that almost three quarters of families report reductions in income between October 2008 and June 2009. Among the poorest families at the onset of the crisis, more than 90 percent reported such a decline in their income. Read Economic Crisis Affecting the Welfare of Families in Turkey to learn more.

East Asia and Pacific
Crisis Watch: Children in East Asia is a unique partnership between UNICEF and the Inter Press Service of Asia Pacific.  They are working to identify and write up stories on how the economic crisis has affected children in countries throughout the region.  The aim is to ensure a variety of different voices and sources, give a human face to the crisis, and contribute to monitoring the crisis throughout the region.  Countries included: China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, Timor Leste and Vietnam. 

The 2008 Cambodia Anthropometrics Survey is a nationally representative sample of 7,495 households with children 0 to 59 months of age. The survey includes representative samples of nineteen survey domains, or areas, throughout the country.

Eastern and Southern Africa

The depth and severity of the Internally Displaced People Humanitarian Emergency is increasing. The total number of ‘new’ IDPs increased by more than 100,000 people in May alone, which makes the total number of new IDPs in Somalia at more than 1.3 million people. Evidence suggests that this number may continue to increase in the coming months, as populations flee to safety both within and outside Somalia. Read Food Security and Nutrition in Somalia to learn more.

Middle East and North Africa

The current financial crisis, which began in mid-2008 in the developed world, has had a major adverse impact on economic performance in Europe and North America in particular. Many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries have entered recession, with increasingly visible contagion effects in the rest of the world. Read Impact of the Economic Crisis and Food and Fuel Price Volatility on Children and Women in the MENA Region to learn more.

South Asia

The eight countries in South Asia have been shaken by the shocks and turbulence in commodity and financial markets over the last two years. These changes have inflicted new stress on vast swathes of the population in a region where more than 1.18 billion people, or three quarters of the population, in eight countries subsist on less than $2 a day (World Bank). Without urgent, inclusive government response, the poor of South Asia – nearly 20% of the world's population – will sink further into poverty and malnutrion, with long-term negative consequences for growth and development in the region and globally. Read A Matter of Magnitude: The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Women in Children in South Asia to learn more.