Africa Platform for Social protection (APSP) and Save the Children International (ESARO) have conducted a study on child vulnerability and deprivation in select countries in East and Southern Africa. The aim of the study is to enhance the understanding of child poverty and deprivation among civil society organizations and policy makers. Countries in the study are Angola, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Somalia. The analysis provides information on worst indicators in child wellbeing in each of the 10 countries, as well as recommendations for enhanced realization of child wellbeing in the specific countries and in the region. The specific objectives of the study are:
- To generate information on the incidence, types and levels of child deprivation and vulnerability in selected ESARO countries in ESARO.
- To examine the level of deprivation in the countries of focus and what this means in terms of addressing child poverty.
- To support CSO’s to demand for Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) as well as provide recommendations that will inform the mainstreaming of CSSP into national policies and programs.
The study was launched in Lilongwe, Malawi and dissemination of the findings continues to take place in different countries in Africa.
Dissemination forum in Harare Zimbabwe
The Dissemination forum of the child poverty and deprivation study took place in Harare Zimbabwe on 29th May 2018. Some of the issues identified for child sensitive social protection in Zimbabwe include:
- Advocacy for domestic funding of education and making it suitable for all even those with disabilities.
- The alignment of children’s laws with the national constitution, regional and global conventions.
- Addressing child labor.
- Removal of User fees in the Health Sector to promote access to health by poor and vulnerable families.
- Advocacy for the implementation of feeding programs in schools.
- Advocating for child grants.