Zambia Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

In April 2016 Zambia had the privilege to be visited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, as one of the countries chosen for her annual visits and assessments on the status of disability rights. The subsequent Zambia country report … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN2017 CfP: Disability and Social Protection

2017 SASPEN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE INCLUSION, INTEGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION: SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SADC To read the Call for Abstracts and Concept Note in a pdf, click here (pdf, 404kb) We cordially invite you to attend the conference. Please register at https://www.conftool.net/saspen2017. Conference registration is limited … ———- Please continue reading

Impacts of social protection programmes on children – GSDRC Report

The GSDRC recently published a Report which explores a range of literature and collates expert opinions to make a case for Child-sensitive social protection. The report answers questions regarding both positive and negative impacts of social protection programmes on children, scrutinizing the conditions and processes that cause these outcomes. It … ———- Please continue reading

ISCI Conference 2017 “Children in a World of Opportunities”

The Planning Committee of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) announces its 6th Conference “Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy and Practice” which will convene in Montreal, Canada on June 28-30, 2017. This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and child advocates from … ———- Please continue reading

Linkages Social Protection & Children’s Care

“Family for every Child” in conjunction with IDS, CSP and CINDI has published a research report regarding linkages of Child Support Grant (CSG) and Foster Child Grant (FCG) and children’s care in South Africa. Key findings of the report include the positive role the grants play in improving child well-being and care, but … ———- Please continue reading

UNICEF to Explore Link between SP and Violence Prevention

UNICEF Innocenti and the Know Violence in Childhood Initiative are hosting a round table in Florence, Italy to explore the linkages between social protection and the prevention of violence against children. The round table will gather 25 experts from around the globe for two days to discuss new research linking social protection to … ———- Please continue reading

UNICEF Zimbabwe looking for Child Protection Specialist

UNICEF Zimbabwe is looking for a Child Protection Specialist (Social Protection) – NOD Level (Fixed Term Post), under the guidance of the Chief Child Protection, responsible for the Social Protection component of the programme, particularly the development of strategies and actions to implement the national child-sensitive social protection framework. See … ———- Please continue reading

UN Report: Social Protection Floor in Mozambique

The United Nations, in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), have published a paper documenting the evolution of a Social Protection Floor in Mozambique between 2005 and 2015. In Mozambique, the growing attention to social protection demonstrates … ———- Please continue reading

IDS: Reducing Child Poverty

A recent Institute of Development Studies (IDS) study on child poverty in Ethiopia and Vietnam explores the extent to which living in an income-poor household also means that a child experiences poor child wellbeing and vice versa. Current practice is still biased towards measuring static and single dimensions of child poverty, primarily using … ———- Please continue reading

Upcoming Activities of the Children’s Institute, UCT

Several items of interest have been shared with us by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town. Winnie Sambu writes, The Child Sensitive Social Policies Programme, Women’s University in Africa, with support from UNICEF Zimbabwe & Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), recently hosted the second SADC Child … ———- Please continue reading

UNICEF Progress for Children Final MDG Report

Progress for Children: Beyond Averages, UNICEF’s final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals, says that, despite significant achievements, unequal opportunities have left millions of children living in poverty, dying before they turn five, without schooling and suffering chronic malnutrition. Download the full report here (pdf, 8.8mb). For more information … ———- Please continue reading

WIEGO Child Care Initiative Strategic Workshop

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) held a Initiative Strategic Workshop on June 21 – June 23, 2015, in Durban. The goal of the workshop was to determine the future direction of WIEGO’s Child Care Initiative. Through this initiative WIEGO hopes to raise the visibility of childcare as … ———- Please continue reading

ILO on Social Protection for Mothers and Children

Two recent ILO publications deal with social protection for mothers and children. The Social protection for maternity: Key policy trends and statistics report shows that only 36 per cent of employed women are legally entitled to cash benefits during their maternity leave. In practice, however, maternity leave legislation is not implemented … ———- Please continue reading

Call for Abstracts: 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators at the University of Cape Town, 2-4 September 2015, is looking for abstracts with a final deadline of March 31. The Conference will be held in the Kramer Law Building, University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child … ———- Please continue reading

Conference Materials of the Social Protection for Children Conference in Addis Ababa

On 27-28 October 2014 the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) held a conference in Addis Ababa entitled ‘Social Protection in Africa: Making it Work for Children’. It was attended by 350 representatives from governments, the African Union, United Nations organisations, civil society groups, academic and research institutes, and international partners. … ———- Please continue reading

6th International Policy Conference on the African Child in Addis Ababa

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is organising a two-day conference on 27-28 October, taking place in Addis Ababa. The conference is entitled Social Protection in Africa: Making it Work for Children and aims at strengthening political will, government commitment and partnership for social protection programmes that contribute towards improved … ———- Please continue reading

New Project on Monitoring of Child-Focused Indicators

Researchers of the Children’s Insitute at the University of Cape Town and of the Women’s University in Harare have proposed a new initiative with the long-term aim to build interest and capacity for policy-relevant research on poverty in southern Africa, with a particular focus on building evidence around children. Tweet

African Union Experts on Children and Social Protection

In April the African Union Commission organized an Expert Consultation Meeting in Cape Town, hosted by the government of South Africa and UNICEF under the theme “Children and Social Protection Systems: Building the African Agenda”. The Recommendations of the meeting regarding Political Commitments, a minimum Social Protection Package, Financing Social Protection for Children, … ———- Please continue reading