A Foundation to End Child Poverty: How universal child benefits can build a fairer, more inclusive and resilient future

Save the Children

This report from Save the Children calls upon governments, donors and other development partners to urgently support an expansion in social protection coverage of children and their caregivers (predominantly women), working progressively towards UCBs. This would ensure basic income security for children in line with Sustainable Development Goal Target 1.3, which aims to establish social protection floors in all countries by 2030.

This report sets out eight reasons why governments should consider working towards universal rather than targeted coverage of children. These span economic and social benefits, avoiding the negative consequences of attempting to narrowly target the poorest families, and the human right of every child to benefit from social security. However, where feasible, paying higher levels of benefits to lower income households will have a bigger impact on the reduction of poverty.

Read the Executive Summary.