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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The Annie E. Casey Foundation,

The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book urges policymakers not to back away from targeted investments that help U.S. children become healthier, more likely to complete high school and better positioned to contribute to the nation’s economy as adults.

T.J. Mudau, O.S. Obadire, and C. Mananga - Journal of Human Ecology,

The study explored the health challenges faced by orphans living with extended families in South Africa. 

Sudhanshu Handa, Silvio Daidone, Amber Peterman, Benjamin Davis, Audrey Pereira, Tia Palermo, and Jennifer Yablonski on behalf of the Transfer Project - UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti,

This report 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. 

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Esther Arenas-Arroyo - IZA Institute for Labor Economics,

This study investigates how the intensification of immigration enforcement in the United States contributes to higher rates of undocumented immigrant children entering the foster care system. 

Kelley Bunkers & Suzanne Andrews - 4Children/CRS,

This case study describes the coordinated care and case management system for highly vulnerable children and their caregivers implemented by the Yekokeb Berhan program in Ethiopia.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,

This issue paper examines family reunification for refugees as a pressing human rights issue, advising states to re-examine their laws, policies and practices relating to family reunification for refugees. 

Martha Canfield, Polly Radcliffe, Sally Marlow, Marggie Boreham, Gail Gilchrist - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This article reviews the literature on the factors associated with mothers who use substances losing care of their children.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and UNICEF,

This brief brings together the critical mass of evidence emerging from recent rigorous impact evaluations of government-run cash transfer programmes in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Andrew Kardan, Andrew Wyatt, Ramla Attah and Paul Quarles van Ufford - Oxford Policy Management,

This working paper assesses the performance of local and community-based structures in Kenya and Zambia in delivering the government social protection systems that they are tasked to support.

MEASURE Evaluation,

This document describes and provides guidelines for countries to implement the Household Vulnerability Prioritization Tool (HVPT), a tool developed in Uganda to identify and prioritize vulnerable households for enrollment in OVC programming.