Mapping and Reviewing the Child Sensitivity of the Social Protection Legislation and Legal Systems

At the request of Save the Children, the Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI Global) mapped and reviewed the child sensitivity of the social protection legislation and legal systems in Niger.

Monetary poverty affects nearly 42.9% of the total population in Niger based on the extreme poverty line of 1.90 dollars per day. Moreover, around 85% of children in the country suffer from multidimensional poverty, that is they experience deprivation in at least two dimensions of their wellbeing.

Child-sensitive social protection refers to policies, programs and systems that build on specific rights-based models of child poverty and vulnerability, recognizing the long-term benefits of investing in children for the development of a country. This research is based on the basic diagnostic instrument (CODI) which is adapted to focus on the well-being of children, comprising the following 8 criteria: (i) inclusiveness, (ii) adequacy, (iii) relevance , (iv) respect for rights and dignity, (v) governance and institutional capacities, (vi) financial and fiscal stability, (vii) coherence and integration and (viii) responsiveness / flexibility to shocks.

In addition, a strategic paper was written to provide a series of recommendations (e.g. relating to research, evidence-building, advocacy and/or technical support to government) on which the country office should focus its engagement in social protection to guarantee maximised sustained impact for children.

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