Cash for Care: Making Social Protection Work for Children’s Care and Well-being

Published on 1 January 2016

The aim of this research is to start to fill knowledge gaps on the linkages between social protection and children’s care through primary qualitative research on government implemented social protection programmes in three Sub-Saharan African countries: Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa.

The research in Rwanda and Ghana highlighted the need for stronger links between social protection programmes and child protection. The research in South Africa provided a case study of these linkages in action, enabling deeper reflection on best practice.

Results suggest that cash transfer programmes can support carers in providing better quality of care, improving both children’s material and their non-material well-being.


Keetie Roelen

IDS Honorary Associate

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Family for Every Child
Roelen, K.


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