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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.

South Africa: Economic Crisis Impact Study

The financial crisis in the world’s major economies and the subsequent world recession have  affected deeply the economy of South Africa. This study resulting from the collaboration between UNICEF South Africa and the Financial and Fiscal Commission of South Africa, aims to provide insights into the magnitude of the shocks associated with the crisis in macroeconomic terms in South Africa, the country’s capacity to withstand or cushion these shocks, and the extent of fragility in terms of poverty levels and child well-being. The analysis combines macroeconomic and microeconomic tools to assess the extent of the impact of the crisis in the country.


  1. The Impact of the International Financial Crisis on Child Poverty in South Africa (2010)
    Authors: Mabugu, R., van der Berg, S., Chitiga, M., Decalwé, B., Maisonnave, H., Robichaud, V., Shepherd D., and D. von Fintel,
    This report is a joint collaboration between UNICEF South Africa and the Financial and Fiscal Commission of South Africa