Recovery with a human face

Recovery with a human face

A co-ordinated UNICEF Strategy on Policy Advocacy and Partnerships for Children in Response to the Global Financial Crisis and Economic Slowdown.

UNICEF, March 2010

Recovery with a Human Face 

Children and poor households are being hit hard by the cumulative effects of continued high food prices, economic slowdown and fiscal adjustments in medium and low income countries. as households cope by compromising essential expenditures, children's rights to education, health, and protection have come under increasing threat, particularly for poor and marginalized children.
Many governments face increased social demands but decreasing fiscal resources to address them. Further, as a large number of governments are becoming more indebted, there is need to guard against premature fiscal tightening and post-crisis adjustment in order to ensure that the goal of long-term fiscal sustainability does not come at the expense of irreversible human losses and efforts to further child rights and MDGs. 

It is critical for organizations to combine their strengths and bridge the divide between relief and development. In the 1980s, UNICEF work on adjustment with a Human Face was a world-recognized milestone that helped ensure that children and their families were not treated as collateral damage, but as recipients of necessary and adequate development investments. The same arguments remain valid in current times: recovery with a human face is an urgent priority.


CROP News and Events

CROP-GRIP Newsletter 2019-2020

March 2020

This special issue newsletter is the final one for CROP and the first one for GRIP. It explains the transition process and provides an overview of CROP activities in 2019.

The Politics of Social Inclusion: From Knowledge to Action

15 November 2019 | UN Library, GENEVA

BOOK LAUNCH for forthcoming CROP/UNESCO publication (as part of UNRISD Seminar Series)

Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa

18 October 2019 | Brighton, UK

BOOK LAUNCH and workshop at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton, UK

News from CROPNET