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Tackling child vulnerabilities through social protection: lessons from West and Central Africa

ODI Background Notes, July 2010

Authors: Nicola Jones and Rebecca Holmes

Social protection is increasingly seen as an important component of poverty reduction strategies and efforts to reduce vulnerability to economic, social, natural and other shocks and stresses. It can play an important role in strengthening access to and demand for quality basic services and social welfare services by the poorest through childhood and beyond. Social protection can also facilitate a better balance between care-giving and productive work responsibilities which