Social protection is widely seen as a crucial component of poverty reduction strategies and efforts to reduce vulnerability to economic, social, natural and other shocks and stresses. While many social protection measures already benefit children without explicitly targeting them, awareness on consideration of children in the design, implementation and evaluation of social protection programmes can have more impact. Child-sensitive social protection is an evidence-based approach that aims to maximize opportunities and developmental outcomes for children by considering different dimensions of children’s well-being.
In 2015, the Africa Platform for Social protection (APSP) and Save the Children International (ESARO) embarked on the development of a conceptual framework on Child Sensitive Social Protection. The framework is aimed at enhancing clarity on the concept of Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) and providing guidance on how CSSP programs can be implemented across the East and Southern Africa Region. The first part of the living guidance document was developed at the end of 2015. Titled “Child Sensitive Social Protection: Addressing Child Poverty in Sub- Saharan Africa”, the first part of the guidance document provides knowledge and guidance on the intersection of social protection and child sensitivity in social protection programmes.
APSP and Save the Children International (SCI) have in 2016 been in the process of developing the 2nd part of the document, which provides the actual process for conducting child poverty analysis.
APSP organized a one – day validation meeting to discuss the findings of the report and to validate the 2nd part of the CSSP framework. The roundtable brought together civil society organizations working in social protection, as well as those working in child protection. Additionally since the broader project goal is to influence the implementation of child sensitive social protection within the East and Southern Africa region, the EAC Secretariat was represented. Below is the pictorial presentation of the proceedings.