Policy advocacy and social protection

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UNICEF in action

Planned results

 

UNICEF in action

© UNICEF South Sudan/2011/Ohanesian
A boy plays ball at Juba One Girl's Basic School in Juba, South Sudan.

The UNICEF Policy Research, Advocacy and Partnership for Children’s Rights Programme uses the following strategic approaches to ensure sustained and positive impact on the situation for women and children in South Sudan:

  1. Provision of evidence on child vulnerability and socio-economic conditions in South Sudan, and the gaps in social protection policies, systems and programmes. This is done through desk reviews of existing policies and partner safety-net programmes, and in-depth analysis of SHHS 2 indicators to inform UNICEF programming.
  2. Advocacy for the social protection of children and their families, including but not limited to the Child Benefit Cash Transfer.
  3. Increased knowledge and improved skills of partners at all levels on equity-based and child-friendly budgeting, child and gender-sensitive planning and reporting on social development programmes and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  4. Support for the development of sector information management systems, systematically feeding data into the South Sudan Info database and effectively used in monitoring and reporting on progress made on the MDGs.
  5. Counterparts at central and state-level planning departments (Ministry of Finance and Planning and partner sector ministries) have improved knowledge on child, youth and gender-sensitive planning of and reporting on social development programmes and MDGs.
  6. The Government of South Sudan’s budget and sector plans, and the development plans of five states are child focused and have clear results on equity.

© UNICEF South Sudan/2011/Ohanesian
Bol Deng, 1, reaches out for a bell, held by his mother Nyawaragak. Juba, South Sudan.

The programme has contributed to the following key achievements:

  • Organization and implementation of two rounds of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys in 2006 and 2010.
  • Implementation of the National Population Census in 2008 and the Household Poverty Survey in 2009, which provided key data on social indicators for South Sudan.
  • Strengthened capacity of the South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics to ensure effective functioning of the institution and data repository for government and its partners.
  • Development and functioning of the South Sudan Info database, which is accessible live online and allows for monitoring of progress on international, national and subnational priorities, including the MDGs.

Challenges

There are key challenges in implementing interventions in policy, advocacy and social protection for children.

Continued insecurity in areas affected by conflict, combined with few roads, can make even basic tasks a major challenge.

This, coupled with an everchanging humanitarian situation, negatively impacts programme implementation and hinders the achievement of planned results for children. Capacity gaps in policy formulation is another major challenge.

 

 
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