Social protection and child malnutrition in Kenya: greater coordination and better targeting needed

Recent analysis by Save the Children based on World Bank projections and using data for 98 developing countries shows that an escalation of the eurozone crisis could push an extra 33 million people into hunger by 2013. Child-sensitive social protection programming offers an important set of tools to begin to address this problem more systematically, and it is on the links between child nutritional vulnerabilities and social protection approaches that this briefing paper focuses. In this publication we begin by mapping the broader poverty and vulnerability context in Kenya, then turn to a review of evidence on the patterning and underlying causes of child malnutrition in the country, before discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the social protection infrastructure in place and the extent to which it is contributing to addressing child malnutrition.