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CVA & Child Protection: Summary of Practice and Evidence from Save the Children Programmes

18 February 2022 — By Olivia Collins & Antoine Sciot

How can cash and voucher assistance (CVA) be used to improve child protection (CP) outcomes, such as reducing child labour, child
marriage, school dropout and family separation? How can CVA be used to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of children and their caregivers?

These are some of the questions that this report seeks to answer, by summarising current practice and emerging evidence from Save the Children programmes that use CVA for child protection (CP) outcomes in emergency contexts.
The purpose of this report is to provide the reader with an
overview of Save the Children’s CVA and CP programming, as
well as the emerging evidence generated from these programs
on how CVA can contribute to CP outcomes. This is the first report
of a series of annual evidence gathering report on CVA & CP. As such, its purpose was also to identify evidence gaps and challenges in the analysis of CVA & CP programming impact, in order to feed into more comprehensive programming and evaluations in the future. This report is also intended to inspire and support programme managers and decision makers working on child protection, who want to use CVA within their programmes, as well as supporting staff specialising in the delivery of CVA, who want to ensure that their programmes are more ‘child-friendly’.