United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCWA
International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, IPC-IG

Webinar Presentation: Fiscal space for child-sensitive social protection in the MENA region

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 12 December 2019. This webinar discussed the possibilities that MENA countries might have to free up resources to scale up social protection expenditures. Carolina Bloch (IPC-IG) started by presenting the main findings of the joint UNICEF-IPC-IG study “Fiscal space for child-sensitive social protection in the MENA region”, which identifies the scope for additional and more effective spending in such policies. Mr. Khalid Abu-Ismail and Mr. Niranjan Sarangi (UN-ESCWA) then presented their research on fiscal policy for development in the MENA region. Finally, Mr. Abdel-Rahmen El Lahga (Université de Tunis) discussed the options to finance a child grant in Tunisia.