In 2011, UNICEF had called on the unique expertise of PEP's lead researchers in the use of combined modelling and microsimulation techniques, to conduct a special analysis of the impact of public spending and related fiscal policies on child welfare in Burkina Faso. Find more information on this UNICEF commission here.
The researchers have conducted different simulations of increased public spending on children (e.g. in education, or cash transfers to families with 0-5 children), combined with various possible scenarios financing mecanisms, in order to identify the best policy options for positive long-term impact on both child welfare and the national economy in Burkina Faso.
The study was completed by August 2012, and two of the PEP researchers leading the project were invited to present the main findings and conclusions to policy stakeholders and decision-makers, both at the national and international level.
To find out more about the researchers' main conclusions and policy recommendations as ensued from the study, please consult the :