UNICEF India has prepared this brief on the Union Budget 2022-23 from a child rights perspective through its in-house social policy specialists as well as consulting with experts in the field through through a webinar held on 1 March 2022 with the participation of Ministry of Women and Child Development (Government of India), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Center for Budget Governance and Accountability, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research) and Center for Budget and Policy Studies.
For children, the budget matters because of the heightened vulnerabilities they face, especially girls, more recently due to the global pandemic. While 286 million children suffered learning losses due to school closures in November 2021, this period of absence from school has increased their vulnerability to challenges such as child labor and access to a healthy diet.
India’s inclusive financial recovery will come from sustainable economic growth, a strong resource base and allocations to priority social sectors including education, health, nutrition, clean water and water. sanitation, child protection and social protection.
Furthermore, India has an incredible opportunity to harness the transformative potential of a 440 million strong generation of children, one-third of its population at the dawn of a demographic transition and in the midst of his swelling of youth.
In our joint efforts to increase investments in critical social sectors for children and women, we hope this brief will inform policymakers and development practitioners to better understand programs and support portfolios that advance human rights. of all children, especially the most vulnerable.