Fiji is one of the largest and most developed Pacific island countries. Yet, despite its status as a middle-income country, a high proportion of children live in poor and income-insecure families.
We were commissioned by UNICEF and Fiji’s Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to carry out the assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance, a national scheme that provides monthly cash transfers and food vouchers to children in vulnerable and low-income families.
The resulting report examines key policy and design issues, the implementation and management of the operational cycle of the scheme, and its impact on the well-being of children. It also presents recommendations and options for reforming and expanding Fiji’s national social security system.