Mongolia’s CMP was the focus of the third session of the Child Allowance Webinar Series on 27th October, following webinars on the South African Child Support Grant and the Uruguayan Family Allowances Programme. This latest webinar is organized with the support of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG/PNUD), UNICEF and Development Pathways.
So how did Mongolia create the first Universal Child Grant in the developing world? The webinar tried to answer this question by presenting first-hand insights into the Mongolian experience of the CMP, and addressing the following questions:
-Why did Mongolia decide to adopt a universal approach?
-What are the advantages and disadvantages of targeted vs. universal child allowance programmes?
-On which institutional framework is the programme built?
-The costs and financing of the programme
-The CMP’s impact on child poverty and deprivations in the fields of education, health, and nutrition
-Future plans for developing and improving the programme
The webinar was presented by Ms. Munkhzul Lakhagvasuren (Director of the Social Protection Department in Mongolia’s Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection).
Mr Bjorn Gelders (Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways) was the discussant and Ms. Judith Bruno (Deputy Representative at UNICEF Mongolia) served as the moderator.