OPC 5 Public Policy Evaluation 5 BUDGET EXECUTION OF SOCIAL INVESTMENT IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – UPDATED AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020

BUDGET EXECUTION OF SOCIAL INVESTMENT IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – UPDATED AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020

March 15, 2021

During 2020, 88.7% of national expenditure related to children and adolescents was allocated, firstly, to supplement family income and, secondly, to guarantee adequate nutrition, policies closely linked to the mitigation of poverty and indigence.
For these purposes, AR$860.5 billion were used out of a total of AR$969.7 billion allocated by the national government to the policies for children and adolescents.
In 2020, national expenditure related to children and adolescents represented 3.6% of the estimated GDP for the year and 13.8% of total expenditure.

  • In December 2020, 8,507,522 allowances were paid, of which 47.4% were family allowances for children and children with disabilities and 52.6% were universal child allowances (AUH – Asignación Universal por Hijo) for social protection.
  • Child allowances cover approximately 62.3% children and adolescents in the country.
  • Due to the fall in economic activity, coverage for children of registered workers was reduced since the end of 2019 by 472,289 beneficiaries (children and adolescents); while AUH coverage increased by 179,191.
  • The physical goals on vaccination of children against diseases foreseen in the official calendar showed low execution percentages, without exceeding in any case 40% of those projected. The delivery of fortified milk was 33.9% lower than expected.
  • The Ministry of Social Development assisted a 268.9% higher than expected number of community kitchens, and 35.4% of additional food supplements were delivered.

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