United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF

Zimbabwe Social Protection 2017 Budget Brief

Social and Child protection plays a pivotal role in strengthening the resilience of children, families and communities, achieving greater equity, and supporting national human and economic development. Its relevance is heightened by the recent downward trends in economic growth, against a background of persistent inequalities and social exclusion. Therefore, expansion of social and child protection coverage is critical, to even the playing field, supporting both children and their families to realize their full potential. In Zimbabwe, the mandate for Social and Child protection falls under the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (MoPSLSW). The Ministry’s mandate is to promote a conducive labour market environment for higher productivity and provision of decent work; and strengthen households’ economy and enhance provision of child care and protection services. The Ministry’s priorities for 2017, as guided by the Results Based Programme, include the following, among others: increasing access to the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) by needy children and other vulnerable children (OVC); provision of probation services to OVCs, scale up social cash transfers; and strengthening the welfare of persons with disabilities through provision of empowerment loans.