UNICEF's Global social protection programme framework

A framework for child sensitive social protection

Young Syrian children, who came to Jordan with their family six years ago, received their winter clothing kits from UNICEF and its partner Mateen.


Across the world, 385 million children are struggling to survive on less than US$1.90 a day, and more than 663 million – or 1 in 3 – are living in multidimensionally poor households. Social vulnerabilities, resulting from personal characteristics and societal dynamics such as age, disability, ethnicity and gender, further compound the impacts of poverty and deprivation. The implications of child poverty and vulnerability are felt most immediately by children themselves, but also profoundly by societies and economies as a whole. Further, growing interconnected global trends such as the climate crisis, demographic shifts, urbanisation and conflict and forced displacement, pose increased risks for the most vulnerable children and families.

UNICEF’s new Global Social Protection Programme Framework outlines the role that child-sensitive social protection systems play in addressing these challenges.  It highlights UNICEF’s conceptual approach to social protection, evidence of its impact, and clarity on what constitutes a child-sensitive social protection system. The framework also lays out 10 action areas on social protection, through which UNICEF, together with government and non-government partners, supports countries to progressively achieve universal social protection for children.

The framework is also accompanied by a comprehensive guidance document that features a range of activities across each of UNICEF’s 10 action areas in social protection, a repository of tools and resources, UNICEF’s monitoring and evaluation framework, and annexes containing additional material.

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