Report on the World Social Situation 2011

Report on the World Social Situation 2011The Report on the World Social Situation 2011: The Global Social Crisis, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), finds many governments did not pay sufficient attention to the social implications of the global economic crisis. The report says economic policies considered in isolation from their social consequences often create dire results for people’s nutrition, health and education, which, in turn, adversely affect long-term economic growth.

The report states that during times of financial crisis, households often adopt coping strategies, such as changing spending patterns. However, these coping strategies can negatively influence education, health and nutrition, which may lead to lifelong deficits for the children affected and thus perpetuate poverty.
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