Learning from the integration of social protection and nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa: The Modelling Nutrition-responsive Social Protection Interventions (MNSSPI) project in Rwanda

Despite a growing economy, poverty levels remain high in Rwanda, and are concentrated in rural areas and in the Southern and Western provinces. An estimated 39% of children in Rwanda experience multi-dimensional poverty and levels of child stunting remain high at 38%. Child stunting in Rwanda is driven by poor nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood, as well as food insecurity, poverty and gender inequalities. Reducing stunting requires multi-sectoral responses that simultaneously address these issues among nutritionally vulnerable populations. This is one of a series of case studies that aim to provide internal learning for UNICEF on the linkages between social protection and maternal and child nutrition programming. The Rwanda case study illustrates how households participating in government social transfer programmes can be targeted with integrated case management services and livelihoods support to support child nutrition and wellbeing.