How East African countries extended social protection to children at the height of COVID-19

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan designed emergency interventions to cover children at the height of Covid-19 infections, a study has revealed.   The Africa Platform for Social Protection, in collaboration with Save the Children, conducted a study on social protection interventions targeting children in East Africa during Covid-19, with the goal of generating evidence for child-sensitive social protection programmes in the region, during the pandemic.  

The research provided an understanding of the nature of the Covid-19 emergency interventions and the challenges in implementing them. It found that governments in the region, with the support of their development partners, offered alternatives to in-person learning during the school closures.  

According to Unicef, South Sudan offered 32,000 solar-powered radios to vulnerable households. The radios helped to reach at least 160,000 children with lessons broadcast by the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Miraya.

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A set of papers on “Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems” is now available from the ILO

The social and solidarity economy (SSE) is receiving increased attention for its role in addressing a variety of economic and social challenges, ranging from the future of work to the provision of social services. The social and economic problems around the global COVID-19 pandemic have brought into focus the need to strengthen the SSE to support the recovery process, along with the public and private sector.

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Press Release: World Leaders Invited to Join Global Mass Movement for Eco-Social Change

People across the globe are inviting world leaders to join them in working together towards creating a new eco-social world as we emerge from the pandemic. The people’s summit ‘Co-Building a New Eco-social World: Leaving No One Behind´ takes place next June (see Co-Building a New Eco-Social World – Online Global Conference, 29th June to 2nd July 2022 ( Through our representative organisations, 100s of millions of people have already committed to co-designing and co-building a sustainable world where all people live with trust, confidence, security and feel that they belong.

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Sept 9, 2021 - Online conference "Addressing food insecurity in Africa: strategies for ensuring child-sensitive social protection"

Food and nutrition security is one of the key issues among the development priorities of many African countries. The existing food insecurity in Africa is a huge and complex challenge that is closely linked to the risk of malnutrition, health care, education, political stability, poverty as well as overall national development priorities and directions. Gaining a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of the challenge of food insecurity especially its complex impact on children can facilitate concerted actions and better targeting of interventions by national governments, international bodies and civil society organizations.

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Side Event: Decade of Action to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030

The virtual side event “Decade of Action to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030” will take place in the framework of the High-level Political Forum.

Date: Monday 12th July 2021, Time: 7:30 – 9am New York, EDT

Please register here:

The event will be in English. Live Spanish and French translation will be offered.

For additional details of the event, please visit Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors

Please visit the High-Level Political Forom on Sustainable Development site for information of other activites.

2021 0712 HLPF side event USP invitation

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