Social Protection Policies and Programmes

Poverty affects both the quality and length of children’s lives, reduces the ability of families to adequately provide for their children, and is a significant cause of family breakdown and child separation. Social assistance programmes aim to reduce child poverty and act as a safety net for families with minimal resources.

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Turid Heiberg, Annabel Egan, and Maria Corbett - Council of Baltic Sea States,

This guidance report reviews the experience of and lessons learned from service provision in social welfare, child protection and childcare, health care, education and law enforcement. It presents methods, tools and service models that have proven effective in preventing and responding to corporal punishment.

E. Namey, S. Zissette, W. Okello, D. Onena, L. Laumann - FHI 360, ASPIRES, USAID, AVSI, and ChildFund International,

This poster presents the findings of an assessment of two Family Care projects in Uganda that implemented savings groups as part of integrated family and economic strengthening interventions with families at-risk of a child separating.

UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, CPC Learning Network, The World Bank, The Transfer Project and The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

This webinar reviews some of the new and ongoing work conducted under the Transfer Project, a multi-organizational research and learning initiative. The first presentation will summarize findings from recent reviews published on understanding linkages and impacts of cash transfers and social safety nets on intimate partner violence and violence against children in low- and middle income settings.

Kenny McGhee - CELCIS,

This practice note is drawn from the discussion and outlines key considerations and a range of measures for local authorities to take as Corporate Parents to ensure consistent and effective implementation of the regulations, now established in law.

L. Laumann, E. Namey, D. Onena, C. Akech, M. Ndagire, W. Okello, E. Atwiine, W. Wamatsembe, S. Zissette - ASPIRES,

This presentation highlights the preliminary findings from the ASPIRES Family Care Projects as regards the impacts of cash transfers on child protection benefits.

Leyla Ismayilova & Leyla Karimli - Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology ,

This study tests the effects of economic intervention—alone and in combination with a family-focused component—on parenting outcomes and children’s reports of violence in rural Burkina Faso.

Sudhanshu Handa, Silvio Daidone, Amber Peterman, Benjamin Davis, Audrey Pereira, Tia Palermo, and Jennifer Yablonski - The World Bank Research Observer,

This paper summarizes evidence on six perceptions associated with cash transfer programming, using eight rigorous evaluations conducted on large-scale government unconditional cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa under the Transfer Project.

Whitney Moret and Mike Ferguson - USAID, FHI 360, and ASPIRES,

This evaluation examined the designs and implementation processes of the saving group components of ChildFund’s Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children in Family Care (ESFAM) and AVSI Foundation’s Family Resilience (FARE) projects in Uganda and identified practical lessons for implementers.

Whitney Moret and Mike Ferguson - USAID, FHI 360, and ASPIRES,

This evaluation examined the designs and implementation processes of the cash transfer components of ChildFund’s Economic Strengthening to Keep and Reintegrate Children in Family Care (ESFAM) and AVSI Foundation’s Family Resilience (FARE) projects in Uganda and identified practical lessons for implementers.

Noemi Pace, Silvio Daidone, Benjamin Davis, Luca Pellerano - Journal of African Economies,

This paper focuses on the role of ‘soft conditionality’ implemented through both ‘labelling’ and ‘messaging’ in evaluating the impact of the Child Grants Program in Lesotho, an unconditional cash transfer programme targeting poor households with orphans and vulnerable children.