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Achieving education and health outcomes in Pacific Island countries – Is there a role for social transfers?

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Over the past two decades, most Pacific Island countries have made good progress in improving the health and education of their citizens. Some have faced setbacks caused by shocks and crises but most are moving forward in achieving internationally agreed goals. Significant challenges remain, however, before citizens enjoy satisfactory levels of health and education, in particular poor families. There is growing evidence that social transfers can play a role in reducing poverty and contributing to better health and education outcomes for the poor.

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Last Updated: 13 February 2017
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