This year, PPMI will undertake a deep dive analysis of policies, programmes, services, budgets, and mechanisms addressing child poverty and social exclusion in Lithuania.

Nearly one-quarter of Europe's children remain at risk of poverty and social exclusion, therefore it is important to ensure that children have access to education, healthcare, adequate nutrition, access to community-based services, decent housing, and care. Poverty and deprivation in childhood can have lifelong detrimental impacts, undermining an individual’s health, educational attainment, income earning capacity, and social connection, and contributing to an increased risk of exposure to violence, among others. The EU has long recognized the need to address entrenched issues of child poverty and social exclusion, including through a call by the European Parliament for a Child Guarantee to reduce inequalities.

In 2019 the absolute child poverty rate in Lithuania was 8,4% and children up to 17 years old are at the highest risk of poverty together with elderly and people with disabilities. PPMI’s analysis of national programmes and services aiming at reducing child poverty and social exclusion will be a contributing document to support Lithuanian government to develop a costed, monitorable national Action Plan on Reducing Child Poverty and Social Exclusion.

The assignment intends to reach three main results:

1) Provide a comprehensive, evidence-based, and nationally-endorsed analysis of the impacts of the ways in which national and subnational policies, programmes, systems, processes, and mechanisms have either contributed to or detracted from the success of efforts to address child poverty and social exclusion, with particular focus on the five policy areas: access to housing, education, child care, health and nutrition.

2) Identify bottlenecks and opportunities to achieving sustained reduction of poverty and social exclusion of children, including through identification of effective and evidence-based services, interventions, and/or mechanisms of support.

3) Review and provide recommendations on the availability of national data and statistics to effectively monitor the reduction of child poverty and social exclusion.

It is an exciting opportunity for PPMI to contribute to policy making and solving the most sensitive issue of child poverty in Lithuania.

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