Public spending is critical for putting essential foundations in place for economies to develop and societies to thrive – foundations such as education, health care, protection from violence and social safety nets. These foundations are not only public goods but are also fundamental human rights.
However, it is often very difficult to track who is really benefiting from public spending in many countries, particularly when it comes to assessing the specific impact on children. To help fill this information gap, Save the Children is working with partners to conduct fiscal incidence analyses for children. We’re combining data from different sources to assess the joint impact of government spending and taxation on the lives of poor and marginalised children.