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Social protection to tackle childhood poverty: Lessons from West and Central Africa

Event Date: 
June 16, 2009 - 12:30 - 14:30

Child-sensitive social protection is an issue of critical importance in West and Central Africa for a number of reasons: it is the world’s poorest region with the lowest average child development indicators and faces daunting governance challenges.

However, there is growing interest and policy debates about social protection in the region, highlighted in recent African Union Agreements, as well as a growing array of national social protection frameworks and pilot social protection initiatives.

At this event, we will present findings and discuss the policy implications of a major research project on child-sensitive social protection in West and Central Africa (2007-9). The event will bring together academics, NGOs and other development practitioners to discuss the policy implications of our research, and highlight particular challenges in the context of the global economic recession.


Rebecca Holmes - Research Officer, Social Development and Social Protection programmes, ODI
Dr Nicola Jones - Research Fellow, Social Development and Social Protection programmes, ODI
Dr Armando Barrientos - Research Director, Brooks World Poverty Institute
Antony Hodges - Regional Chief, Economic and Social Policy, UNICEF, West and Central Africa Region
Ivan Lewis MP - DFID (TBC)
Dr Caroline Harper - Programme Leader, ODI

To RSVP for the event visit

Overseas Development Institute
111 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE17JD
United Kingdom

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