• APSP Staff and other participants complete an EPRI course on Social Protection
  • Field Visit during a training session on Social Protection in Mombasa, Kenya
  • Cash transfer programme for persons with disabilities in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Multigenerational faces of vulnerability
  • Older persons are among the vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Participants of the Western Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Dakar, Senegal
  • Cash transfer programme in Ghana
  • Plenary Session during the Eastern and Central Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Field Visit during the Southern Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Beneficiaries of Social Protection programmes show off entrepreneurial projects they have started since programmes commenced
  • Social Protection Programmes also look at children as a vulnerable group



An African continent free from poverty and vulnerability.

Mission Statement

To create partnerships with Civil Society and other organizations to engage with the Governments and International Development Agencies (IDAs) to develop and implement innovative Social Protection strategies and pro­grammes that make a difference in people’s lives in Africa.

Children experience poverty differently from adults.  Lack of education, good health, proper nutrition and access to decent sanitation facilities among other things can have a long-term impact on children’s lives. Lack of better prospects in education affects a child’s access to income in adult life, which in turn translates into an intergenerational transmission of poverty. 


Increasingly, many African governments have put in place social protection measures and programmes. These include cash transfers, such as pensions for the elderly, grants to orphans and vulnerable children and households, cash for food and public works programmes, and grants for persons with disability. Other social protection measures may also consist of access to nutrition, health care, maternity care, housing and education, as well support to citizens and individuals, households, and communities to better manage risks and participate actively in all spheres of life.  As governments increase the numbers and size of their programmes, there is an emerging need to make social protection child sensitive.

The Africa Platform for Social protection and Save the Children International are working together to operationalize child sensitive social protection in East and Southern Africa regions. Child sensitive social protection is defined as policies, programmes and systems that address the specific patterns of children’s poverty and vulnerability and recognize the long-term developmental benefits of investing in children. It is therefore important to review the existing social protection programmes in a country and assess the extent to which such programmes take into consideration the specific needs of children.

In 2015 the collaboration saw the development of a document on “What” child sensitive social protection entails. In 2016, the focus has been on conducting a child poverty and vulnerability analysis of selected countries.  The overall objective of the analysis is to generate evidence for mainstreaming Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) to existing and new social protection policies and programmes. This process has generated  information on the incidence, types and levels of child deprivation and vulnerability; existing gaps in social protection programmes and policies, and identifies best practice in child sensitive social protection in the East and Southern Africa Region in programmes, policies and monitoring and impact. The process includes the development of a Child Sensitive Social Protection guide.

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