INVESTING IN FREE UNIVERSAL CHILDCARE IN NIGERIA: THE EFFECTS ON JOB CREATION AND FISCAL REVENUE
The provision of universal childcare is critical to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to reduce gender inequalities in the labour market. Lack of quality and affordable childcare services is a major obstacle for women to participate in the labour market in Nigeria. This brief summarizes findings of a study to quantify investment needs for universal childcare provision in Nigeria, as well as employment and fiscal gains associated with such expansion of services. The findings are part of a study conducted by UN Women in five countries of Africa—Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania—with an aim to inform policies to promote gender-inclusive growth.
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