UNICEF supports a better understanding of Social Protection in Rwanda
15 November 2011, Kigali: On Saturday, UNICEF concluded a week-long workshop on the importance of child-sensitive social protection. This workshop, and a one day seminar, organised for government officials and vice mayors (in charge of social affairs) from all of the country’s 30 districts, laid out principles, elements and investment cases related to social protection.
Trainers from the world-renowned institutions in Social Protection training, the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex (UK) and the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town (South Africa), facilitated the courses. Participants in the workshop gained a better understanding of the tools and ideas involved in designing and implementing social protection programmes.
Rwanda is widely recognized as one of a few African countries with a strong social protection agenda. The Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme provides social safety nets for the most vulnerable and other more targeted schemes, such as the One Cow per Family Project improve the lives of those living in rural areas.
Because close to 60% of Rwanda’s population lives in poverty, children and vulnerable groups stand to benefit from well-crafted social protection programmes, explained UNICEF’s Representative Noala Skinner, particularly to break the cycle of extreme poverty.