Technical support to HIV-sensitive social protection initiatives and South–South cooperation

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Under the guidance of the Social Protection Specialist at UNICEF Central Headquarters and HIV and social policy staff from the Regional Office in East and Southern Africa (UNICEF ESARO), the IPC-IG developed and produced documentation on the role of social protection systems. It provides comprehensive support to children and adolescents affected by HIV in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, highlighting lessons and innovations in how to strengthen HIV sensitivity.


United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) , Government of Mozambique , Government of Malawi , Government of Zambia , Government of Zimbabwe


Sub-Saharan Africa

Malawi , Mozambique , Zambia , Zimbabwe

Main Pillar

Knowledge Production

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty , SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being , SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Project Results

Papers, an online community and webinars

Within the scope of the project, the Centre has actively fostered knowledge production and -sharing activities. In the field of knowledge production, it produced four One Pagers documenting the HIV-inclusive and HIV-sensitive features of the social protection systems of each country, and a Working Paper and a One Pager comparing the experiences of the four countries. These studies are currently circulating within UNICEF and will be published and disseminated in English, French and Portuguese at a strategic moment to be decided by the UNICEF team.

In the field of knowledge-sharing, the IPC-IG has created an online community on HIV-sensitive social protection on, an online platform dedicated to all aspects of social protection and hosted by the Centre. Once UNICEF decides to officially launch this online community, the IPC-IG will proceed with activities such as the identification and inclusion of key knowledge materials, as well as the establishment of links to other key sites related to social protection in HIV communities and/or platforms.

A webinar presentation of the main findings of this research took place in May 2017, as part of a UNICEF workshop held in Kenya on the topic of HIV sensitive social protection. Two more webinars will take place once the online community is activated.