Strengthening social protection for children
This document presents an overview of existing social protection initiatives in West and Central Africa and analyses the way child-specific problems of poverty and vulnerability (child mortality, missed schooling, child exploitation') are dealt with. Figures show that children make up over half the total population of the region, and that children are over-represented in poverty statistics, whence the importance of considering them in all poverty reduction strategies and social protection programmes. However, current programmes are very small scale, dependent on donors and international organisations, fairly uncoordinated and have little in the way of monitoring and assessment.
UNICEF, ODI - May 2009