International conference on Universal Child Grants

Universal Child Grants (UCG) are increasingly discussed as a policy instrument to achieve universal social protection and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. At present, 385 million children live in extreme poverty. This has negative short-term and long-term consequences, including on children’s longevity and quality of life as adults. Social protection has proven an effective instrument in addressing poverty. 

This conference, convened by UNICEF, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), will bring together national governments and policy practitioners, researchers and the international community to explore the arguments and the evidence emerging from the implementation of alternative cash transfer schemes and their implications for UCGs. It aims to promote informed policy debate and decision-making with regards to cash transfers, social protection and the objectives of reducing child poverty and improving wider outcomes for children.

The conference is one component of a larger UNICEF and ODI-led project on UCGs. It will take place at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva (ILO, 4 route des Morillons, CH-1211, Genève 22, Switzerland).