Linking Social Protection to Improved Productivity: An Investment Case for Cash-Plus Programs in Kenya

Year: 2019

Author(s): Government of Kenya. Ministry of Labour and Social Protection

Organization(s): Ministry of Labour and Social Protection

No. of Pages: 168

Executive Summary:

The Government, with the support of its development partners, is looking to further enhance social protection’s ability to support inclusive socio-economic development by strengthening the links between cash transfers and complementary interventions, in line with the global Cash Plus agenda. The main purpose of this study is to develop a social protection investment case for Kenya, thereby linking the national safety nets with social services, livelihood and/or labor market services. The framework of analysis will focus on the link between social protection and the promotion of productivity and employability, aligned with the key strategic objectives envisioned in the Governments’ Economic Transformation Plan (Treasury, 2018). The study will further explore the role of social protection in supporting young adults in effectively integrating in the labor market.
More specifically, the assignment aims to;

  • Provide policy guidance and strategic advice to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, other line ministries (including the Ministry of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, the National Treasury and Planning, the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs) and other stakeholders on how best to link the existing national safety net with other services, in order to strengthen the promotive nature of social protection;
  • Support the UNDAF Social Protection Group in developing an advocacy strategy for the social protection investment case;
  • Assist the Ministry (and other relevant ministries) in planning and allocating financial resources such that they enhance existing complementarities.

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