Social protection

Social protection policies in developing countries are an increasingly widespread method for tackling chronic poverty and vulnerability and helping families manage risk. Schemes often provide cash, paid work or food to poor people. Cash transfers alone are reaching 110 million families in 45 of the world’s poorest countries.

Young Lives research is looking at which children within a community are accessing social protection and which are not, and whether the schemes are helpful. In doing so, we find that social protection programmes have both intended and unintended consequences for children. Some schemes can provide poor households with a buffer against shocks and boost the livelihoods of the poorest families. They can also increase children’s likelihood of attending schools and clinics, and improve their nutritional status. But by taking adult labour away from the household, they can increase the work burden for children. While more children may end up in school, increased pupil numbers mean more pressure on class size and teachers.

Latest research: Social protection

Differential Impact of Peru's Juntos
Looking Beyond Outcome Evaluations of CCTs: The Differential Impact of Peru’s Juntos on Education Achievement
Student paper
Building strong foundations for later livelihoods by addressing child poverty: evidence from Young Lives
Book / chapter
Impact of the Juntos Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Peru on Nutritional and Cognitive Outcomes: Does the Age of Exposure Matter?
Working paper
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Social Protection For All Ages? Impacts of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme on Child Nutrition
Journal Article
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An Employment Guarantee as Risk Insurance?
Working paper
Participation in the Juntos Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Peru Is Associated with Changes in Child Anthropometric Status but Not Language Development or School Achievement
Journal Article
Harnessing Change: Improving Children’s Environments to Enable Them to Thrive
Policy paper
Cash for Class: An Investigation into Child Labour and Enrolment Subsidies in Peru
Student paper

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