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Empirical Analysis using Household and Micro-level Datasets

Formal empirical analysis of the social impact of crises, policy adjustments and other economic events is typically underpinned by an ex- post analysis using nationally representative household survey data.

Social Budget Tracking and Analysis

Social budget tracking and analysis tools monitor the extent of priority and protection given to public budget items and can influence government policies in favour of allocations to children and families.

A Child Rights Lens for Poverty and Social Impact Analyses (PSIAs)

Poverty and Social Impact Analyses, PSIAs, are aimed at facilitating an ex-ante understanding of the potential distributional impacts of a given policy reform. Child rights centered PSIAs, add a child focus to these impact assessments, as tools specifically designed to promote more child sensitive real-time policy making.

Two Years into the Crisis: Signs of Severe Coping Strategies that are Impacting on Children

It has been two years since the first international food price spike affected countries’ access to world food markets. Since the onset in early-to-mid 2008, international food prices have relaxed but remain well above their long-run averages. In many countries, national food prices have remained sticky, and in some have actually continued to ascend in 2009 (World Bank, 2010). The global economic slowdown has compounded high food prices by eroding income and purchasing power in many parts of the world. UNICEF’s efforts to track child and maternal nutrition have raised alarms for many countries that had already indicated serious challenges even before the brunt of the food price volatility and global economic slowdown (UNICEF, 2009). This working brief draws on ongoing work by UNICEF and its partners, and it surveys recent emerging evidence relating to how households are coping with the aggregate shocks in 2008 and 2009. The main finding is stark: field reports and surveys by think tanks, the UN and other development agencies confirm the rising risk faced by children, women and poor families in a number of developing countries.


  1. Two Years into the Crisis: Signs of Severe Coping Strategies that are Impacting on Children (2010)
    Authors: R. Mendoza
    Social and Economic Policy Working Brief, March 2010, UNICEF Department of Policy and Practice, New York