Overview of Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region through a Child Lens


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. Against this background, it is central that social protection programmes are well equipped to respond to children’s rights and needs and consider age- and gender specific vulnerabilities.

This webinar will present the main findings of an overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through a child lens, carried out by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office. The presentation provides an updated picture of non-contributory social protection in the region, presenting the most prevalent programme types, targeted population groups as well as targeting mechanisms, among other relevant features. The presenters also show the programmes’ main child-sensitive design features, demonstrating how different schemes can enhance children’s access to health, education and nutrition. This is the first webinar of our new MENA Project Webinar Series on social protection in the MENA region.



Anna Carolina Machado, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, IPC-IG

Charlotte Bilo, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, IPC-IG

Moderator and Discussant

Arthur van Diesen, UNICEF MENA Regional Social Policy Advisor



This webinar the first of the Social Protection in the MENA region webinar series, which was organised by IPC-IG and UNICEF MENA Regional Office. Please join the Online Community Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.