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        System strengthening

Working with the Government to improve the implementation of social protection programmes for children. 

 Policy dialogue & partnerships

Regular & strategic engagement with policymakers, partners & civil society on key issues that affect children’s wellbeing.

          Evidence Generation

Analysis of child poverty, decentralization and public finance to generate robust evidence for policy advocacy.   

Social Policy And Economic Analysis Programme

UNICEF's Social Policy and Economic Analysis Programme spearheads the work on public policy analysis and advocacy with the Government and development partners to build support and political capital in favor of effective policies, laws and budgets that promote the rights and wellbeing of children, adolescents and women. The four main areas of work are: 
Measurement, analysis and evidence on child poverty, vulnerability and exclusion

The consequences of poverty for children are severe and life-long. Child poverty also perpetuates the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Breaking child poverty requires a specific and coherent set of evidence-based policies and programmes that address both its effects and underlying causes. UNICEF focuses on developing robust measurement and evidence on child poverty as its contribution to measuring Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting polices, budget allocations and sectoral programmes that lead to reductions in child poverty.

Enhancing and expanding child-sensitive social protection systems

Social protection is a proven mechanism to tackle child poverty and vulnerability. UNICEF works with the Government and other development partners to support core aspects of strengthening the social protection system as a whole. UNICEF is also supporting the Government in the expansion of the Child Grant programme, an unconditional cash transfer, to gradually reach all under five children across the country.

Public finance for children

UNICEF works to promote the adequate financing of key social services that are critical to children’s wellbeing. For instance, fiscal space analyses give practical guidance on where public funds can be more efficiently and effectively allocated to benefit children.


Nepal is in the process of transition from a unitary to a federal state. A wide range of government functions are expected to be decentralized at the provincial and local levels including functions related to women and children. UNICEF is analysing how the unfolding federalisation of government will affect policy, programmes and budgets for children and is identifying best practices on federalism related to children’s wellbeing.  

Our Main Partners

Ministry of Finance, National Planning Commission, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Central Bureau of Statistics, Development Partners, Parliamentarians, and civil society organizations.