Social protection systems can play a central role in combating both monetary and multidimensional child poverty, given their potential to contribute to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty, improve children’s nutritional, health and educational status and reduce socio-economic barriers to children’s well-being.
Poverty reduction and youth employment remain deeply intertwined in Mauritania. Mauritania’s job-related challenge is characterized by a low-growth macroeconomic context, high reliance on minerals and extractives, and marked poverty and social exclusion. With youth (15–24 year olds) comprising over 40 percent of the population as of 2014, they are particularly vulnerable to high social exclusion. The main objective of this policy note is to provide an overview of the jobs challenge in Mauritania, with a focus on constraints and opportunities facing youth over the short to long term.
The symposium is organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN- ESCWA) and the Pacific Water Research Centre of Simon Frazier University, Vancouver Canada.
The analysis in this report offers vital information on child poverty in the Arab States. It contributed to the first ever Arab Poverty Report – a project under the auspices of the League of Arab States, produced in close collaboration with ESCWA, OPHI and UNICEF. The Arab Poverty Report demonstrates that multidimensional poverty is a reality in the region, as it is worldwide. Both at the level of the household and at the level of the individual child, multidimensional poverty is widespread, particularly when using measures that are tailored to the reality of the region.