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‘Cash-Plus’ approach to address Vulnerability: the SEEVCA Project

 The Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (SEEVCA) programme provides an opportunity to demonstrate the multiplier effect of combining social protection programming, especially social cash transfers, with case management to increase access to services by households caring for highly vulnerable children and adolescents. Currently in Zambia there are many interventions for vulnerable children and adolescents being implemented in an isolated or fragmented manner without strong connectivity to Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) systems and structures.

The long-term vision is to ensure the GRZ leadership and capacity to oversee and monitor service provision that follows standardized practice for a well-coordinated care system for vulnerable children and adolescents (VCAs). This GRZ role will enable more predictable and planned interventions which lead to the optimal results for children at the grass-root level in the communities.

The SEEVCA programme is being piloted in 15 districts in the Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces. These districts were chosen due to the high HIV burden and include the following districts: Chililabombwe, Chingola, Kalulushi, Kitwe, Luanshya, Mufulira, Ndola for Copperbelt Province and Chilanga, Chirundu, Chongwe, Kafue, Luangwa, Lusaka, Rufunsa and Shibuyunji for Lusaka Province

SEEVCA will build a system that will eventually serve all vulnerable children and adolescents in Zambia. The SEEVCA will build on the SCT system and introduces a ‘Cash-Plus’ approach:

  1. Cash component → a contribution to the SCT and a cash component to support access to services (education support for VCA, support to access other services).

  2.  Case management → builds upon exiting actions to establish a formalised system that supports early identification of vulnerability leading to early response and graduation from support.

At the start up of SEEVCA, the focus will be on households who are already registered on the SCT scheme as well as families who have been receiving targeted support services from other community partners. The selected households experience heightened vulnerability related to disability, chronic/ terminal illness, or lack a certain layer of basic protection, such as in female/child-headed households.

The ‘Cash-Plus’ concept will help to reduce vulnerabilities of children and adolescents, thereby intercepting the inter-generational transmission of poverty and increasing resiliency through a social cash transfer coupled with (‘plus’) access to much needed services.

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