Click here to view the FAO’s policy brief, “Protecting Africa’s future: Livelihood-based social protection for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in east and southern Africa”
Here is a summary from the brief:
Despite the existence of noteworthy policy and investment in programmes aimed at responding to these children’s needs, too many programmes remain ill-equipped to cater for their needs in a sustainable and cost-effective way. This is partly as a result of gaps in OVC social protection policy and legislation.
Here are four recommendations offered by the FAO’s brief:
- “Drafting stand alone social protection policies to fill these gaps.”
- “Strengthening existing policy frameworks.”
- “Livelihoods based social protection which refers to initiatives aimed at reducing vulnerability and providing social transfers to the poor.”
- “Protecting the vulnerable against livelihood risks and enhancing the social status of the marginalised.”