World Vision (WV), in the Asia Pacific, began its humanitarian response as COVID-19 confirmed cases continued to increase in China. As the virus spread across the region and governments started taking drastic public health measures to protect their citizens, WV found that children were among the most affected by the severe consequences of lockdowns and major economic contraction’ and scaled up its emergency response to include the 17 countries in the Asia Pacific.

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This Scoping Study and Sector Review presents a strategic analysis of the existing social policy landscape in Somaliland, aimed at informing the development of a Social Protection system for Somaliland and the formulation of a Social Protection Policy, by the end of 2020.

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This rapid review seeks to inform the initial and long-term public policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, by assessing evidence on past economic policy and social protection responses to health and economic crises and their effects on children and families. The review focuses on virus outbreaks/emergencies, economic crises and natural disasters, which, like the COVID-19 pandemic, were 'rapid' in onset, had wide-ranging geographical reach, and resulted in disruption of social services and economic sectors, without affecting governance systems.

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Non-contributory Social Protection in South Asia: An overview from a child, equity and gender perspective

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 28 May 2020

This workshop sheds light on common trends, important gaps, and interesting opportunities for improvements in non-contributory social protection programmes with a special emphasis on child- and gender-related issues. During the webinar we explored some of the following questions:

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This webinar constitutes the first of a total six webinars on social protection in South Asia. The first three webinars introduce the main findings of five new comparative studies, developed by the IPC-IG in partnership with UNICEF´s Regional Office for South Asia, that together comprehensively analyse the social protection landscape of the region. Webinars 4 – 6 will then delve deeper into country-specific policy-takeaways.

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Childhood malnutrition remains a significant global health concern. In order to implement effective policies to address the issue, it is crucial to first understand the mechanisms underlying malnutrition. This paper uses a unique dataset from Northern Ghana to explain the underlying causes of childhood malnutrition. It adopts an empirical framework to model inputs in the production of health and nutrition, as a function of child, household and community characteristics. The findings suggest that maternal agency and health contribute to improved health status.

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BLOG: While it’s hard to be precise, the world is currently on track to heat between 3-5 degrees. Already, after 1 degree of warming from pre-industrialised levels the climate crisis is changing the world for children in unprecedented ways. At UNICEF, we recently heard from a panel of child advocates, including young people who lived on islands that are increasingly prone to flooding and have vanishing prospects for traditional livelihoods.

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This rapid review identifies the definitions of social protection systems used by multilateral, bilateral, civil society organisations (CSOs), and think tanks. Social protection systems broadly refer to the combination of institutions, laws, regulations and interventions that are involved in implementing social protection. However, there is no common definition and a lack of clarity among the available literature of what the selected organisations consider these to be.

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Fiscal space for child-sensitive social protection in the Middle East and North Africa region