Expert Group Meeting on Family-Sensitive Social Protection (FSSP)

Date: July 2, 2018

In collaboration with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), DIFI organizes a Consultation Meeting on Family-Sensitive Social Protection (FSSP), on 26-27 June, 2018, Doha – Qatar.

A project that provides a unique opportunity for intellectual and policy debate to promote family-focused social protection where experts will reflect on both the family trends in different regions/countries & specific issues in family-sensitive social policy.


The family contributes to societies in various ways, and is critical in providing support and care for its members. However, despite their obvious social and economic contribution to society, families are rarely the focus of major social policy initiatives as they increasingly face difficulty in caring for their family members, reconciling work and family life, while maintaining the intergenerational bonds that sustained them in the past. Hence, innovative policy frameworks such as family sensitive social protection are needed for families to sustain, especially vulnerable families such as families living in poverty and social exclusion, single parent or large families and families caregivers of people with disabilities.

Evidence shows that social protection programs can strengthen the capacity of families to care for their children, and remove barriers to services access, while reaching those that are most vulnerable. Research also shows that social protection measures had led to increased family spending on education and health, which had helped families cope with the burden of care for ill family members; improves families’ nutritional status; decreases childhood mortality; reduces school absenteeism; and reduces child labor. However, despite the above, most social protection measures tend to benefit individuals by increasing individual security and freedom. In measures that support family formation, choice, interdependence and cohesiveness in family life remain less implemented.

Increasing evidence shows that social protection measures lead to positive outcomes for families, especially for children. These outcomes include increased family spending on education and health, helping families to cope with the burden of care for ill family members, improved nutritional status of children, lower childhood mortality, less school absenteeism, and a reduction in child labor. Many countries are scaling up support for vulnerable families with young children, including the provision of conditional and universal cash transfers, child allowances and in-kind support measures. Despite such efforts, social protection services remain a right unfulfilled for many vulnerable families, including those in the Arab region.




  • To provide expert insights on the report of Family Sensitive Social Protection.


  • Meeting report, including recommendations


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