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Tuesday, October 6 • 10:00am - 11:30am
RT 10 - Universal child benefits: Pathways to universality

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Children are twice as likely to live in poverty as adults, yet they receive less social protection coverage – for example, 2 out of 3 children have no access to child or family benefits. The impacts can be devastating, with lifelong impacts on learning outcomes, growth and health.

Evidence suggests expanding coverage of child benefits is not only right for children but by addressing child poverty can contribute towards economic growth and overall well-being of societies. In the context of COVID, response and recover questions around the practicalities of universal child benefits are ever more pressing.

Building on both country experience and cross country analysis, this round table looked in detail at the pathways that countries can take to increase social protection coverage for children and families towards universality.

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David Stewart

Chief, Child Poverty and Social Protection, UNICEF
David Stewart is Chief, Child Poverty and Social Protection in UNICEF, HQ. David began his career at the Global Human Development Report of UNDP where he spent 6 years working on the Human Development Reports and indices and researched, wrote and presented Human Development Reports... Read More →

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Francesca Bastagli

Director, Equity and Social Policy and Principal Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Francesca Bastagli is Director of Programme, Equity and Social Policy, and Principal Research Fellow at ODI. She specialises in public policy research and advisory work on the design, implementation and evaluation of social policy, with a focus on social protection policies and their... Read More →
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Stephen Kidd

Senior Social Policy Specialist, Development Pathways
Dr Stephen Kidd is a Senior Social Policy Specialist and CEO at Development Pathways and has more than 30 years’ experience working on social security and social development in over 25 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific. He was... Read More →
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Daniel Arroyo

Minister of Social Development, Argentina
Daniel Arroyo is the Minister of Social Development in Argentina. He holds a BA in Political Science at University of Buenos Aires and pos-graduate studies in Public Policies Management and Control at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO). He was previously a... Read More →
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Yuba Raj Khatiwada

Special Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister and former Minister of Finance, Nepal
Yuba Raj Khatiwada is a Nepali politician and the former Minister for Finance and Minister for Information and Communications. He is presently the special economic advisor of the Prime minister of Nepal, with minister-level authority. He was a nominated member of Nepal Assembly. He... Read More →
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Olli Kangas

Director of Equal Society Research Programme, Academy of Finland, Professor at the Department of Social Research, University of Turku
Olli Kangas is Director of Equal Society research programme at the Academy of Finland and Professor at  the Department of Social Research, University of Turku. Previously he has been the Director of  Governmental Relations at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am GMT-03
  Thematic Round-tables