Promoting Child Sensitive Social Protection in Africa

Organizations: Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) and Save the Children International

Title: Child Sensitive Social Protection
20 March 2018
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Room: Mara
Capacity: 100pax


The Africa Platform for Social protection (APSP) and Save the Children East & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) are keen to promote Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) programming in the East and Southern African region. This emerged from the realization that although there is an increase in social protection programmes across the region, most of the programmes are not properly designed to respond to the unique vulnerabilities of children. Even with increasing programmes and national budgets on social protection, many policies and programmes remain unresponsive to the needs of children. There is an emerging recognition that beyond income poverty, a much larger proportion of children are faced by multidimensional poverty, i.e., affected by more than one type of deprivation relating to education, health, shelter, water and sanitation, hence the need to enhance positive outcomes for children in social protection, through Child Sensitive Social protection (CSSP). Making social protection more child-sensitive has the potential to benefit not only children, but also their families, communities and national development as a whole. APSP and Save the Children International have recently concluded a study on Child poverty and Deprivation in 10 countries in East and Southern Africa. The study provides recommendations for actors in the social protection, child rights and social services sectors on the existing opportunities for promoting child sensitive social protection. The side event is one forum for dissemination of the findings of the study as well as discuss the recommendations of the study.

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