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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.

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Women and Children in South Asia

South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) have been shaken by the shocks and turbulence in commodity and financial markets since 2008. These changes have inflicted new and dramatic stress on vast swathes of the population in a region where more than 1.18 billion people, or three quarters of the population, subsist on less than $2 a day. The hardship has fallen most heavily upon women and children, people living in poverty, and the socially marginalized. To this end, in 2010 UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), undertook a desk review, with the  aim of understanding and tracking the effects of the complex interplay of global, evolving trends and their impact on poor and excluded communities in this vast region, which is crucial to determine the policy responses and strategies required of governments and all partners. The final product is the report posted below.


  1. A Matter of Magnitude: The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Women and Children in South Asia (2009)
    Report produced by UNICEF Regional Office of South Asia (ROSA)