ATOR 2018: CHAPTER 7 The Role of Social Protection in Improving Child Well-Being and Care in Africa

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AUTHOR

Keetie Roelen

SERIES NAME

ReSAKSS Annual Trends and Outlook Report

YEAR

2017-2018

ABSTRACT

This chapter aims to provide an overview of the role of social protection in improving child well-being and care in Africa by considering progress made and gaps to be addressed. First, it reflects on coverage, highlighting the rapid expansion of social protection and reflecting on undercoverage among particular groups of children. Second, it provides an overview of the impact of social protection on children, considering direct and indirect income effects, psychosocial and behavioral effects, and structural constraints. Third, it offers reflections on the way forward, particularly in relation to the design and implementation of programs. Note that this chapter focuses primarily on social assistance, referring to interventions that offer cash or in-kind support on a noncontributory basis.

PUBLISHER

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, USA

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