UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Framework and Strategy for UNICEF

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AUTHOR Lorraine Blank and Sudhanshu Handa
ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2008
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACTWhile policies to promote broad-based economic growth are fundamental to overall social development, the benefits of growth do not automatically reach the poorest and most marginalized families; direct interventions are still required to reach the socially and economically excluded. Consequently, creating and strengthening social protection systems is an important priority for governments, donors, UN agencies and NGO partners in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. Child welfare and protection concerns are often at the heart of these social protection efforts, requiring UNICEF to inform policy, practice and advocacy in this area. Long considered a privilege of developed countries, social protection is now recognized for the role it can play in addressing poverty and vulnerability in developing countries. Among some development partners, social protection is considered part of the essential package of basic social services that the state ought to provide to its citizens.


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