Even though general expenses have been recorded to increase since 2012 they have not been directed to children proportionally.
The press conference was attended by Armenuhi Hovakimyan, UNICEF Social Protection Programme Officer and Luciana Díaz Frers, Director of Fiscal and Income Policy, National Ministry of Treasury of Argentina
The survey unprecedented not only in Armenia but in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It presents direct and indirect also extended expenditures directed to children in Armenia in the context of the state policy and obligations assumed against the Child’s Rights Convention.
Armenuhi Hovakimyan says that more than half of expenditures of the total make up for education, social protection and health.
“”Data from 2012 and 2015 show that education expenditure aimed at children made respectively 34.7% and 31.6%, social protection expenditures respectively 12.7 and 12.2% and health expenditures respectively 8.4 and 8.3%”, Hovakimyan says.
The survey methodology was widely used in Latin America and the Caribbean where they learned valuable lessons as a result. For the Armenian survey the Argentinian format served as a model within the framework of which the Argentinian colleagues visited Armenia.
The speakers noted that according to the survey the bulk of the public expenditures aimed at children in Armenia was directed to their life protection, development and defense rights implementation while the fulfillment of participation right made up only 1%. This testifies to the urgent necessity of targeted investments aimed at promoting their participation right. This will contribute to their social inclusion and development.
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Lilit Arakelyan, Media Center project editor/coordinator.