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Social Protection Strategic Framework


UNICEF has become an influential actor in social protection worldwide. It supports governments as they develop and strengthen their social protection programmes and policies, and advocates for child and gender-sensitive social protection. UNICEF's approach and vision on social protection are presented in its first-ever global Social Protection Strategic Framework. 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 Framework discusses the main components of effective integrated systems - a multi-sector and a systems approach - as well as current debates including social protection financing, expansion of coverage, and inclusive design. It also highlights emerging challenges in areas such as humanitarian action, adolescence, migration, and urban settings. In the "Road Ahead," the Framework proposes a collaborative policy agenda for social protection - including UNICEF's potential role - to engage development partners in leveraging social protection for children.

Introduction and Key Messages - 
©UNICEF/ZAMA2011-0131/Christine Nesbitt II. The case for social protection and children - ©UNICEF/BANA2011-00454/Jannatul Mawa III. UNICEF’s approach and principles - ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1778/Pirozzi
IV. Four key social protection components - ©UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0401/Pirozzi V. Integrated social protection systems - ©UNICEF/NYHQ2004-0684/Giacomo Pirozzi VI. Key policy issues & challenges - ©UNICEF/INDA2010-00723/Giacomo Pirozzi
VII. Inclusive social protection - ©UNICEF/NYHQ2007-2757crop/Versiani VIII. Key emerging issues - ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1728/Warrick Page IX. The road ahead - ©UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0174/Kamber





The Executive Summary of the Social Protection Strategic Framework provides an overview of the key topics presented in the full Framework document. Download the Executive Summary: English, French (PDF, 12 pages).


Click here to download the full-length Social Protection Strategic Framework document (PDF, 146 pages).



Click here to access the Report on the External Consultation for the Social Protection Strategic Framework. Writing this document was a collaborative process that involved input, comments and suggestions from a wide range of partners.



Common Ground: UNICEF and World Bank Approaches to Building Social Protection Systems

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