Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

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

19 July 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya: Effective high-quality governmental cash transfer programmes can improve children’s well- being, protection and care by their families. This is the key finding of the research to be launched in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 July 2016 by the global alliance Family for Every Child, in partnership with the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute for Development Studies.

The research, jointly produced by Family’s member organisations Uyisenga Ni Imanzi (Rwanda), Challenging Heights (Ghana) and Children in Distress Network (South Africa), shows that good social protection can help millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa grow up in a safe and caring environment. It helps:

  • prevent family separation and increase reintegration of children;
  • reduce stress in the household and improve familial relationships;
  • enable families to care for children who are not their own;
  • and improve the material and nonmaterial well-being of children.

But poorly designed cash transfers schemes can do more harm than good. In order for cash transfers to improve care, they must: promote meaningful links between social and child protection systems; sensitise communities about the importance of good care; avoid over-burdening social workers with excessive administration of grants; provide childcare for public works components; and provide grants of a meaningful size that are paid on time.

The research will be launched with a panel discussion from 9:30 to 13:00 on 26 July 2016 at the Nairobi Safari Club, Lilian Towers, University Way – Koinange Street Junction, Nairobi, Kenya.

Participants will be welcomed by Ms. Celina Ogutu, CEO of Family’s member organisation in Kenya, Undugu Society of Kenya and keynote speakers will include Ms. Cecilia Mbaka, Head of the National Social Protection Secretariat, Mr Chaste Uwihoreye, member of the Board of Family for Every Child and Ms. Keetie Roelen, Co-Director of the Center for Social Protection.

The full research report is available online at: www.familyforeverychild.org/cash4care

The event will be attended by representatives of the government of Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya as well as UN agencies, government departments, civil society organizations, and international non-governmental organizations with the goal to improve care and wellbeing of children by maximising synergies between those working in social and child protection. 


Event details: The launch will be held at the Nairobi Safari Club, Lilian Towers, University Way – Koinange Street Junction, Nairobi, Kenya, on 26 July 2016 from 9am until 12.30pm. Lunch will be served to participants.

Press contacts: Members of the press wishing to confirm their attendance at the event should contact: Rasheeda Farage, Logistics Support Officer, Family for Every Child, [email protected]


The event is organised by Family for Every Child and the Center for Social Protection (CSP), with the participation of the members of Family for Every Child in Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and South Africa.

Family for Every Child is a global alliance of local civil society organisations working to improve the lives of vulnerable children across the world. We bring together and share experiences, practices and research from our local and national contexts to create a range of solutions to the crisis of children living without families.

The Centre for Social Protection (CSP) is a research centre at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) that seeks to provide a global focus for research, policy analysis and capacity building on social protection and its linkages to other social and economic sectors. The Centre supports a global network of partners working to mainstream social protection in development policy and to promote social protection systems and instruments that are comprehensive, long-term, sustainable and pro-poor.

Challenging Heights brings unique expertise in rescuing children trafficked within Ghana for exploitation in the fishing industry. They raise awareness within fishing communities and children’s home communities, thereby encouraging these groups to reject the sale and exploitation of children.

Children in Distress Network (CINDI) champions the rights of vulnerable children and their families in South Africa by bringing together a strong, diverse network of local organisations to implement a wide range of programmes. CINDI also works specifically with children affected by HIV/AIDS in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Undugu Society of Kenya (USK) works to improve the care of children and youth living and working on the streets in Nairobi and beyond, through integration of service delivery at both national and international levels.

Uyisenga Ni Imanzi cares for vulnerable children and young people in Rwanda through advocacy and networks. Targeted groups are orphans and vulnerable children and young people affected by genocide, HIV/AIDS or poverty, and young survivors of sexual abuse or other forms of violence.


Topic: Social Protection      Country: Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa