Monitoring Public Financing for Children in Equatorial Guinea

 “The good thing about this work is that there is direct interest by the government to make sure that the project comes to fruition and informs their budget policies.” -Ismael Cid Martinez


In the podcast below, New School Ph.D. student Ismael Cid Martinez discusses Equity for Children’s collaboration with the Social Policy unit of the UNICEF Equatorial Guinea and the country’s Office of National Statistics to monitor public financing for children.

The interview focuses on how this partnership came about and the project’s emphasis on the need to reference the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in budgeting for children. As Ismael Cid states in the interview, “The CRC views the child as a human being with a distinct set of rights instead of being passive objects of charity.”

Also discussed was the use of both direct and indirect government spending to enhance child welfare, the importance of civil society working directly with the national government in evaluating social spending and the next steps of the project. Listen to the full interview below!



Ismael Cid is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at The New School for Social Research focusing on social insurance, child well-being, and development. Ismael is also a research assistant at Equity for Children.


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