IPC-IG and UNICEF to conduct a study on the implementation of universal child benefits in Latin America and the Caribbean
Reducing poverty and inequality are some of the main challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Children and adolescents remain largely excluded from social security schemes. In addition, children are twice as likely to live in extreme poverty than adults—around 385 million children worldwide (1 in 5) survive on less than USD1,90 a day. Of those, 71,7 million are in Latin America, a figure that could balloon up to over 90 million in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), in partnership with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), is conducting a study on the implementation of universal child benefits in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Based on a literature review of the subject and five micro-simulations that use available data from household surveys, an analysis is being carried out to estimate the impact of universal child benefits on poverty and inequality in five case studies: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay.
A profile analysis of children excluded from the region's main cash transfer programmes is also being carried out to detect gaps in the legal and effective coverage of the transfers.
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