Policy Brief: Adequacy of Brazilian Social Protection Programmes to the Needs of Children and Adolescents – UNICEF Social Protection Series

May 24, 2024

As part of the Brazil-UNICEF Trilateral South-South Cooperation partnership, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) have been collaborating on an evidence generation agenda, examining Brazilian good practices, public policies, legal frameworks, and programmes at both national and subnational levels.

To that end, they have produced a series of five policy briefs focused on Brazil’s Social Protection system to provide insights for government counterparts and stakeholders interested in Brazil’s systemic and intersectoral approach to social protection and the addressing of multidimensional poverty, particularly among families and children.

The third policy brief in the series discusses the adequacy of Brazil’s social protection programmes and services in meeting the needs of children and adolescents (C&A). In assessing if a programme or service is “child-sensitive,” the methodology and analytical framework seek to identify whether the initiative:

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  • Places emphasis on and/or prioritises children, pregnant and/or breastfeeding women in their beneficiary selection process.
  • Provides variable benefits based on the number of family members (or based on the number of C&A in each family).
  • Is structured to improve the accessibility of education, health, and nutrition services for C&A.