|ORGANIZATION||United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team on Chlidren and HIV and AIDS|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
Social protection, including social transfers and social services for the most vulnerable and marginalized, is gaining momentum as a development priority. Increased attention from governments, NGOs, academic institutes and donors is being accompanied by new calls to strengthen national governments to coordinate, regulate, and in some cases implement social protection programmes at scale. In order to take up this role, there is increased recognition of the need to strategically locate social protection leadership with the appropriate government ministry to maximize effectiveness. However, there remains debate about which ministry is best placed to move the social protection agenda forward, given cross cutting implications for numerous government structures and departments. Despite this recognition and debate, there has been little documentation of lessons learned from strengthening lead ministries, discussions at the national levels about the location of leadership, coordination and other key functions and the drivers of change leading to successful expansion of social protection programming.