Learning from the integration of social protection and nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa: The Child Grant 0-2 Programme in Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 63% of the population living on less than USD2 per day and 46% of children living in multi-dimensional poverty. An estimated 38% of children under five years in Mozambique are stunted and 5.2% are wasted. Child undernutrition is driven by poor infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, poor maternal nutrition, widespread poverty and gender inequalities. Achieving positive child outcomes requires multi-sectoral strategies that address these issues in the same vulnerable populations. This is one of a series of case studies that aim to provide internal learning for UNICEF on linkages between social protection and maternal and child nutrition programming. The Child Grant 0-2 programme in Mozambique demonstrates how cash, nutrition Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) and individual case management can be delivered as a package of support to vulnerable households to enhance child development, growth, and wellbeing.