UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Meetings and events

The 3rd Annual Transfer Project Workshop – “Evaluating the impact of social cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa”

Social protection interventions, including social cash transfer (SCT) programs, are increasingly recognized by many African governments as crucial components of poverty alleviation and inclusive growth policies. There is a growing body of evidence to support policy makers in African countries in designing effective SCT programs to achieve country and program specific goals. In an effort to further this discussion, each year the Transfer Project hosts a research workshop, bringing together evaluators, IGOs, NGOs and government officials to have discourse on impact evaluation of SCTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This year’s workshop, held from April 23rd – 25th 2013 at Chaminuka Lodge, Zambia, was coordinated and sponsored by FAO, UNICEF, Save the Children (UK), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The workshop aimed to provide researchers, donors and governments with a forum to share experiences on evaluation design and implementation to increase evaluation rigor, disseminate the latest research results of cash transfer evaluations and build lines of communication among evaluators, clients, and governments. Participants came from nine countries and included representatives from four African governments (Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia), IGOs, NGOs, and research organizations. Evaluation results from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe were discussed, along with upcoming evaluations in Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

The full agenda and workshop presentations are available on the Transfer Project website.

Launch of the Social Protection Strategic Framework
UNICEF has developed its first ever Social Protection Strategic Framework – which articulates UNICEF’s approach to social protection, makes the case for child-sensitive interventions, and proposes a collaborative policy agenda for social protection and children. The Framework was officially electronically launched on March 14th, reaching a variety of partners and audiences across regions. The Framework is a resource and a platform for further collaboration, as thus strives to influence the social protection agenda for the coming years, in line with UNICEF’s equity focus and the need to maximize sector-wide outcomes for children. The Framework can be accessed at: https://www.unicef.org/socialprotection/framework/


18 May 2012, New York

On May 18, 2012, it launched its first global Social Protection Strategic Framework in New York. This document makes the case for child-sensitive social protection and argues for the expansion of inclusive, integrated social protection systems as an effective approach for achieving greater equity for children and contributing to broader human and economic development. The launch event was opened by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta and was followed by a roundtable discussion with several experts from partner organizations, including the World Bank, ILO, EPRI, IFRI, and Manchester University. These participants reinforced many of the key messages presented in UNICEF’s Framework, including: the importance of integrated, multi-sector implementation; the value of progressively realizing universal social protection coverage; and the need to react to emerging trends such as repeated humanitarian crises and changing demographics.

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Social Protection Strategic Framework - Isabel Ortiz, Associate Director, Division of Policy and Strategy, UNICEF and Natalia Winder, Social Protection Specialist, Division of Policy and Strategy, UNICEF

The State of the Evidence on Impact of Social Protection on Equitable Child Outcomes - Michael Samson, Director of Research, Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)

HIV-Sensitive Social Protection as a critical tool to advance HIV outcomes - Craig McClure, Chief, HIV/AIDS Section, UNICEF

Enhancing Health and Nutrition Outcomes Through Social Protection Programming - John Hoddinott, Deputy Director in the Poverty Health and Nutrition Division, International Food Research Institute (IFRI)

Strengthening Systems in Low-income and Fragile Settings - Laura Rawlings, Lead Social Protection, Specialist, Strategy and Results, World Bank

Linking Humanitarian Action and Social Protection - Genevieve Boutin, Chief, Humanitarian Policy Section, UNICEF

Financing Child-Sensitive Social Protection Systems - Armando Barrientos, Professor and Research Director, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

Collaborative Agenda for action - Griet Cattaert, Social Security Officer, Focal Point Social Protection Floor, ILO

6 June 2012,  Brussels - Launch of the Framework at the EU Parliament

On June 6, 2012, UNICEF was invited to present the Social Protection Strategic Framework at the Roundtable Discussion on Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation at the EU Parliament, in Brussels. During the meeting, UNICEF, the World Bank and ILO, discussed their commitment to nationally led social protection systems and to helping countries identify and develop sustainable financing strategies for social protection. Moreover, the European Commission affirmed its support for social protection as an integral part of development cooperation, and a number of MEPs affirmed their belief that the EU has a responsibility to invest in social protection, including through a European Parliamentary commitment to the issue.    

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European Commission Communication on Social Protection in EU - Kristian Schmidt, European Commission DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, Director, Human and Society Development Directorate

UNICEF’s Social Protection Strategic Framework - Isabel Ortiz, UNICEF, Associate Director of Policy and Strategy  

Resilience, Equity, and Opportunity - Arup Banerji, World Bank, Director of Social Protection and Labour

Protection sociale et coopération au développement : vers une croissance inclusive - Christine Bockstal, International Labour Organization, Chief of Technical Cooperation and Country Operations, Social Security Department

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Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, introduces the Social Protection Strategic Framework in New York.
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Rountable discussants Michael Samson, John Hoddinott, Christian Salazar and Rachel Yates answer questions at the Framework's launch in New York.
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Roundtable participants including UNICEF, the World Bank and the ILO discuss the Communication on Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation at the EU Parliament, Brussels.