An Introduction to Kafalah

UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care

This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the nature and characteristics of Kafalah and identify effective strategies to support Kafalah.

It covers the characteristics of Kafalah, its legal implications, what distinguishes Kafalah from other forms of family-based alternative care, and ongoing efforts to promote Kafalah in Eastern and Southern Africa. It concludes with implications for policy and practice.

This document has been produced as part of the regional learning platform on care in Eastern and Southern Africa. The platform and its corresponding documentation were planned and conceptualised by UNICEF Eastern and Southern African Regional Office (ESARO) and Changing the Way We CareSM (CTWWC). 


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