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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.

Vulnerability of Children and Poor Families to the Economic Recession of 2008-2009

This qualitative study was promoted to assess the impact of the global economic crisis on children and poor families in South Africa. The study also examines the coping strategies utilized by affected individuals and households as well as the adequacy of existing social protection programmes in dealing with the effects of the shock. Data were collected through a cross-sectional survey, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and case studies that were conducted in the North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces.


  1. Vulnerability of Children and Poor Families to the Economic Recession of 2008-2009 (2010)
    Authors: Laryea-Adjei, G., Buthelezi, T., Chiroro, P., Seedat, R., and D, Makina
    Joint report of UNICEF South Africa and the Department of Social Development, Republic of South Africa, August 2010