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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Policy Matters

Judicious social policies are critical to address global threats resulting from the economic slowdown, political instability, population trends, urbanization and climate change, among other pressing issues. Although the full impact of social policy work is often realized years after it is begun, investments in these areas will be the foundation of progress towards the MDGs, the post 2015 agenda and social transformation to realize children’s rights. Policy Matters, a report by UNICEF’s Division of Policy and Practice, creates a platform to highlight new thinking on policy issues and showcase the results of UNICEF’s work in this area across the developing world.

Policy Matters, Edition 1 (October 2011)
The first edition features eight cases that are illustrative of the wide-ranging impact of UNICEF's child-focused social and economic policy work.

Policy Matters, Edition 2 (March 2012)
The second edition brings together nine diverse cases that highlight UNICEF’s and its partners’ experience in making policy work a core strategy for reaching the most deprived children and families. Insights, a new feature introduced in this edition, includes articles by Sir Richard Jolly ‘Bringing Children into Development Strategies’ and by Roberto Benes and Enrique Delamonica ‘Refocusing on Equity for Children in Middle Income Countries’.