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Costing the Child Grant Expansion in Nepal
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The Government of Nepal introduced its Child Grant in 2009/10 with the primary objective of supporting better nutrition for children under five years of age. Like other social security schemes implemented by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MOFALD) that take a rights-based approach and promote social inclusion, the vision was to create a nationwide Child Grant that is available to all families with young children. Due to budget constraints at the time, however, various criteria were applied to limit coverage of the Child Grant, including family-level quotas and geographic, caste, and poverty-based targeting, such that it covers approximately 16 per cent of under-fives nationwide.
Currently, Nepal’s Child Grant covers all children under five in five districts in Karnali region and all Dalit children of the same age group nationally. The total number of beneficiaries is about 465,000 and the annual cost of the programme is less than 0.1 per cent of GDP. If the 10-year expansion plan is adopted, the total number of beneficiaries will reach 2,950,000 children and, depending on which of the three proposed scenarios is chosen, the annual budget will be in the range of NRs. 14.16 billion (US$116.6 million) and NRs. 21.24 billion (US$175 million). While these sums are not small, they are affordable, at between 0.25 and 0.38 per cent of GDP. This is comparable with current global expenditure on child-specific social transfer schemes and is well within the Government’s own spending recommendations on social protection.
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UNICEF ,   (2016 )
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Official Document in English
Keywords:
ABANDONED CHILDREN, ADOPTED CHILDREN, CHILD MIGRANTS, CHILD REFUGEES, CHILD SOLDIERS, CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICTS, CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, INFANTS, ORPHANS, PROBLEM CHILDREN, SCHOOLCHILDREN, SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN, STREET, CHILDREN, BOYS, CHILD ABUSE, CHILD DEVELOPMENT, CHILD FEEDING, CHILD GUIDANCE
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 UNICEF : Children Fund
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08.01.00  -  Population Dynamics
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