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Zimbabwe, 9 December 2016: Government launches National Social Protection Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

9 December 2016 – The Government of Zimbabwe has launched the National Social Protection Policy Framework (NSPPF); and in partnership with development partners and UNICEF, the third Phase of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase III (NAP3) which will be funded by the Child Protection Fund (CPF II). This is to further strengthen the social protection system as a means to reduce poverty.

This groundbreaking commitment by the Government, through the leadership of the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, will rally together various players towards the protection of children from poverty, vulnerability and other deprivations. The Framework looks at Social Protection in its broad sense, while factoring in social assistance, care and insurance; labour market interventions; and livelihoods support interventions.

“Zimbabwe will now have a single guiding policy on the protection of our people from poverty, vulnerability and other deprivations,” said Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Hon. Priscah Mupfumira. “This is also enshrined in section 30 of the constitution states that, “the state must take all practical measures, within the limits of the resources available to it, to provide social security and social care to those who are in need.”

The interventions in the NAP3 will be supported by the second phase of Child Protection Fund (CPF), which like the first phase, will be supported by key donor agencies including the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) to support implementation of the NAP for OVC.

Head of DFID, Annabel Gerry, said “international development partner support to child protection has already reached 55,000 families caring for vulnerable children with cash transfers and helped 48,000 children with protection services and we look forward to the next phase of work which will benefit 23,000 families and over 100,000 children at risk.”

The NSPPF shall be implemented through the third phase of the NAP 3 which combines social care and protection, providing protection of children from abuse and exploitation, and building a protection system that aims to establish a safe and secure environment for children.

The Head of Development Cooperation, from the Swedish Embassy, Maria Selin, said that “for Sweden social protection, together with child protection, has always been the backbone for our development and economic progress. One cannot underestimate the importance of sustainable societies where social investments keep pace with investments in economic growth. Social protection systems are vital to reduce poverty and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

At the heart of the NAP3 are the Case Management System designed to promote and protect children’s rights including a national response system to protection violations; and the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer (HSCT) which is aimed at reducing extreme poverty in the most vulnerable households, thereby reducing poverty related abuse, neglect and violence against children.

“Evidence shows that social protection contributes to increased productivity and human capital accumulation,” said UNICEF Representative, Dr. Mohamed Ayoya. “In the Zimbabwean context, a well-designed social protection framework can help to decrease income inequality and encourage social inclusion, especially among vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe.”

This third phase of NAP follows the second phase (2011-2015), which assisted vulnerable families through cash transfers to the poorest families; education assistance through the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) and child protection service delivery for children survivors of abuse, violence and exploitation. This too was supported by the first phase of the Child Protection Fund.

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For more information, please contact:
Victor Ngulube, Ministry Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare Email: vngulube@zimnapovc.co.zw, Tel: 263 712 546 242

Victor Chinyama, Chief of Communications, UNICEF: Tel: 263 772 124 268: vchinyama@unicef.org

Jessica Petitprez, Social Development Advisor-DFID Zimbabwe Mobile: +263 (0) 78 272 4653 j-petitprez@dfid.gov.uk

Angelica Broman, First Secretary, Embassy of Sweden Tel +263 4 302636 angelica.broman@gov.se

 

 
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