There is growing recognition of the importance of social protection as developmental response to chronic and acute child poverty as well as preventing and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS. In 2009 UNICEF developed a statement on child sensitive social protection which clearly sets out the key components of a child sensitive social protection approach.
Social protection is also an increasingly important component of UNICEF’s response to children affected by AIDS. Support for various social protection components including cash transfers, alternative care for children affected by AIDS and support for social welfare systems have been key recommendations from the Inter-Agency Task Team on Children and AIDS at global and regional levels. UNICEF’s work in this area has helped inform the UNAIDS business case on Social Protection and AIDS.
IDS has been commissioned to document experiences and lessons learned from various child sensitive social protection programmes. UNICEF is supporting within the Children and AIDS Regional Initiative (CARI).
The study will bring together country experiences in child and HIV-sensitive social protection, including experiences gained from pilot efforts and scale-up, lessons learned from a wide range of cash and social transfer experiences, and efforts to successfully link CARI social protection with improved coverage in education, health, early childhood development, and the protection, care and support of children affected by AIDS.