According to the new joint report of UNICEF and ILO only 35% of children has social protection coverage, the situation is the most concerning in Asia where only 28% have, and in Africa with as few as 16% of children enjoy a welfare safety net. Eradicating poverty is the single most important goal set by all countries that ratified the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and accepted the 17 SDGs.
This report shows that states have enormous power to prevent poverty of children through providing state benefits, cash grants and other types of support for the most vulnerable members of its community. In addition, the report argues that all countries have resources to end child poverty and provide universal social protection coverage for children. Efforts have been made in this direction, but not enough. This decision, is, however, political and backwards movements were identified in those countries that cut social benefit schemes for children and families.
According to Ms Isabel Ortiz, Director of the Social Protection Department at ILO “child poverty can be reduced overnight with adequate social protection,” but Ms Ortiz underlined that “is an issue of priorities and political will – even the poorest countries have fiscal space to extend social protection”.
The full report is available here.