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Child Poverty: A Role for Cash Transfers?
by Rebecca Holmes, Armando Barrientos in 2013
SummaryThis report, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and UNICEF, is the third in a series of regional thematic reports produced for a study on social protection and children in West Central Africa. It focuses specifically on one kind of social protection mechanism - social assistance in the form of cash transfers – and explores how this can contribute to addressing specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by children in the region. There are still very few cash transfer programs in West Central Africa: those that exist are recent and often small-scale pilot schemes. Interest in this type of social protection is growing among policymakers in the region, however, partly as a result of positive experiences in other parts of Africa and elsewhere in the developing world.