Towards A Universal and Inclusive Social Protection for the Children of Madagascar

Madagascar has seen sustained economic growth in recent years, hovering between 4 and 5 per cent since 2013. However, this growth has been far from inclusive. Madagascar ranks 161th out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index, positioning it within the lowest human development category, and has one of the world’s lowest human capital index rankings. Given the COVID-19 crisis, the country is likely to experience minimal progress towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals in the coming years. In the face of these serious challenges, Madagascar’s investment in social protection remains among the lowest in the world. 

The report provides important analysis of the existing system, whilst it’s mixed-methods and microsimulation approach aims to inform evidence-based design tweaks. As the impacts of COVID-19 threaten Madagascar’s fragile progress on multidimensional poverty, the review will help policymakers and development actors working to support children and people with disabilities at a crucial time for the future of inclusive social protection.