Children in Crisis: Seeking Child-Sensitive Policy Responses

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Experts from the global North and South analyze the implications of economic crises on children, with a particular focus on the emerging evidence from the recent global economic crisis and food and fuel price volatility of 2008-2010. They point out key policy responses deployed by governments and international agencies.

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Overview

Experts from the global North and South analyze the implications of economic crises on children, with a particular focus on the emerging evidence from the recent global economic crisis and food and fuel price volatility of 2008-2010. They point out key policy responses deployed by governments and international agencies.

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"Must economic crises always end up hitting children and women with cuts and setbacks? In this volume, UNICEF shows that alternatives exist and analyzes what it takes put to them into action, with examples of where, when and how this has been done. A book to ponder for bankers, economists, and all who believe in TINA - that there is no alternative. There are!" – Sir Richard Jolly, Honorary Professor and Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, UK

"At last! A book featuring hard evidence detailing the severe impact of financial crises on children! Debunking long-standing economic orthodoxies as often worsening rather than improving poor families' lives, the authors propose innovative macro- and micro-oriented policies that will enable anthropologists, sociologists and human rights activists to collaborate more effectively with economists in making a positive difference for children." – Mary Racelis, Professor of Social Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

"This is a path-breaking book that documents the acute vulnerability of children to economic downturbans. The authors challenge the presumption that poor children are sheltered because they are not much integrated into formal financial systems and they propose specially tailored remedies to prevent these crises from turbaning into what they call 'inequality machines'. A required read for anyone who cares about poverty alleviation and social development." – Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard University, USA

"This book provides a rich repertoire of policy instruments that can be used to protect the poor and the vulnerable from the almost inevitable consequences of market-driven forces and the pursuit of conventional policy interventions. This is a book with hard facts, brainy analyses and a big and soft heart." – Assefa Bequele, Former Executive Director of African Child Policy Forum, Ethiopia

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Meet the Author

CAROLINE HARPER Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK.
NICOLA JONES Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK.
RONALD U. MENDOZA Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.
DAVID STEWART Chief of Social Policy and Evaluation at UNICEF Uganda.
ERIKA STRAND Chief of Social Policy at UNICEF Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards Global Recovery for All; C.Harper
Learning from Past Financial Crises: How are Children Affected?; C. Harper & P. Pereznieto
Infant Mortality during Economic Downturbans and Recovery; R.Mendoza & N.Rees
Education and Health Spending Patterns through the Business Cycle: An Empirical Analysis; N.Doytch, B.Hu & R.Mendoza
Simulating the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis and Policy Responses on Children in West and Central Africa; J.Cockburban, I.Fofana &L.Tiberti
Child Poverty in South Africa and the Global Financial and Economic Crisis; R.Mabugu, S.van der Berg, D.Shepherd, M.Chitiga, B.Decaluwé, H.Maisonnave, V.Robichaud & D. von Fintel
Lessons from the Financial Crisis: Remittances and Social Assistance among Left-Behind Children and Women in Mexico; J.Cortina
Children in Crisis in the Philippines: Insights and Evidence from Community-based Monitoring Systems; C.Reyes, A.Sobreviñas, J.de Jesus & S.Calubayan
Turbaning Crisis into Opportunity for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS: Responding to the Financial, Fuel and Food Crises; C.Harper
Child Poverty Impacts and Public Budgets: Tracking the Global Economic Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa; A.Sumner
Social Protection Responses to Crises and Their Impacts on Children: Learning from Past Lessons in Indonesia and Ethiopia; M.Garde & J.Yablonski
Social Protection in Fiscal Stimulus Packages; Y.Zhang, N.Thelen & A.Rao
Conclusion: Revisiting the Main Lessons and Rethinking Crisis Response; R.Mendoza, E.Strand & D.Stewart

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