Child-sensitive Social Protection in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

  • International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC)
Pages: 78
Year of Publication: 2014
Country: Africa

Social protection, at its core, refers to interventions by public, private and voluntary organisations and informal networks that are designed to support communities, households and individuals in efforts to prevent, manage, and overcome risks and vulnerabilities.1Social protection programmes play a critical role in the progressive realisation of human rights including child rights and contribute to reducing poverty and inequality.

Social protection is increasingly gaining recognition in Africa as a key component of national strategies to promote development and inclusive growth.2 The momentum has grown particularly following the adoption of African Union’s Social Policy Framework and the Khartoum Declaration on Social Policy Action towards Social Inclusion3.

It is being considered as an effective mechanism to reduce vulnerabilities of the most vulnerable including children. Social protection programmes grew multi-fold in Africa over the last two decades and many governments have initiated various types of social protection programmes that target and benefit children. But they are not commensurate with the level of child poverty and deprivation. Therefore, there is a need to initiate child-sensitive social protection programmes that take into account the multidimensional risks to children and their limited voice and participation in decisions affecting them. Such programmes are inherently rights-based and are built on synergetic interventions that address these child-specific areas of vulnerabilities and deprivation and contribute to the progressive realisation of all children’s rights.

Language: English
Published by: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Author: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
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