Social Protection Interventions Targeting Children in East and Southern Africa: Cases from Selected Countries


Social Protection Interventions Targeting Children in East and Southern Africa: Cases from Selected Countries

Foreword by Dr Tavengwa M. Nhongo, Executive Director Africa Platform for Social Protection

The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) and Save the Children International’s Regional Office for East and Southern Africa (ESARO) recognize the need for clear articulation of social protection policies and programmes that are child sensitive within the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region.

Social Protection is a crucial component of poverty reduction strategies and efforts to reduce vulnerability to economic, social, natural and other shocks and stresses. Many social protection measures already benefit children without explicitly targeting them.

However, ensuring greater consideration of the children in design, implementation and evaluation of social protection programmes can increase their impact in order to reach the most marginalized and
deprived children.

COVID-19 has deepened multi-dimensional poverty for children in Africa. Countries have been forced to initiate and scale up emergency-related social protection programmes to cushion citizens from the pandemic related shocks and vulnerabilities.

This report provides useful information drawn from nine countries in the ESA region (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, and Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti).

The report identifies and examines the level of effectiveness of ongoing social protection interventions targeting
children. It also examines the impact of COVID-19 on social protection interventions for children in the region.

The report further facilitates an understanding of the level and magnitude of the challenges faced and inform
appropriate planning and response.

It is our hope that the report will be a useful tool that informs government programming on social protection
for children. Civil society organizations are also welcome to use this as an advocacy tool to generate demand for
child sensitive social protection.

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