MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Leonardo Menchini

I am currently, Advisor for Monitoring Child Rights at the UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, responsible for the regional data and research work, and child poverty analysis. In 2018-19, I have been Chief Technical Advisor at the ILO Decent Work Team for North Africa, managing a project on "Advancing the Decent Work Agenda in North Africa". Between October 2011 and April 2018, I have been, respectively, the chief of the Social Policy Programme at UNICEF Egypt and Morocco, where I supervised the work of the office on child poverty, social protection for children and decentralization. Previously – between 2000 and 2011 – I was a researcher at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, where I contributed and coordinated research on child poverty and wellbeing and social policy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, OECD countries and West African countries, including for the office’s flagship series Innocenti Social Monitors and Report Cards. I hold a PhD in Development Economics.

Doctorate, University of Florence (Italy) - Department of Economics
Current or most recent Employer

Regional Advisor Monitoring Child Rights

UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
Time in Post - 4

Organisation Type: Intergovernmental organisation

Regional Expertise

Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia,

Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Development (applied), Economics, Social/Public Policy

Contact Info


UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
Amman - Jordan
Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 20 years )

Poverty or deprivation reduction ( 10 years )

Poverty or deprivation measurement ( 20 years )

Public Finance ( 10 years )

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization) ( 4 years )

Public Policy ( 15 years )

Family policy

Social protection

Social safety nets ( 15 years )

Economic development ( 20 years )

Other macroeconomic issues ( 2 years )

Work relates to groups

Children ( 20 years )

Youth ( 20 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Governance (Local & Decentralization)

Social protection


Academic publications

Academic conferences



Policy Reports

Policy Briefs