Social Protection

GOAL

To ensure that those in extreme poverty and social discrimination, especially children and women, are benefitting from all existing KMSS network program interventions, with a focus on meeting their immediate basic needs but also seeking long-term local solutions.

OBJECTIVES

In six dioceses


  

MAIN PROCESSES & ACTIONS

Definition of a KMSS Social Protection Policy (SP)

Convene SP policy development coordination meeting with the participation of KMSS, sister congregations, priest managing boarding school, Episcopal Commission for Education and J&P commission; participated by 50 participants for 2 days in Yangon.  Policy development working group meeting one; 7 working group members 3 days in Yangon.  Policy development working group meeting two; 7 working group members 3 days Yangon.  Policy development working group meeting three; 7 working group members 3 days Yangon (meeting 1 to 3 in two months time).  Mass general assembly for policy presentation; 50 participants for 2 days in Yangon.  Finalize the policy and submission to CBCM for approval.  KMSS network covers all parts of the country in development work.  The SP Policy will get common agreement on how KMSS applies SP in various settings such as emergency settings, conflict zone, and normal development setting.  The Policy will start from Catholic Social Teaching principles but provide a more practical guide for KMSS staff with focus on Protection.

Strengthening community-based SP and ensuring local authority involvement in 6 dioceses

Carry out assessment of existing current SP protection systems for extreme vulnerable persons in a number of targeted dioceses.  Assessment committee formed and planning; participated by 8 members 3 days in Yangon.  Also assess the local authorities (LA) interest and involvement.  Carry out data collection in field by team of 10 days (in 2 months time).  Data compilation, analysis and reporting meeting by committee; participated by 8 members 5 days in Yangon.  Identify some existing SP mechanism for strengthening these community based support mechanisms for extreme vulnerable persons (EVPs).  Based on the social protection policy and assessment report, each stakeholders to plan and implement to address the respective issues

KMSS network has experience in social protection with particular focus on children and IDP.  There is a draft KMSS Child Protection Policy, however, there is not a common Social Protection.  A definition of Social Protection and a framework or guidelines of SP is also still needed in KMSS network.  There may be some existing SP mechanisms but these have not been fully assessed.  In general the local authorities have interest but do not have financial resources to support SP in target communities; however, there is space to explore how or what other ways they may contribute.                                                                                  

Social Protection Policy for KMSS developed and approved by CBCM.  Current community-based SP mechanisms identified, and EVPs situation and LA interest identified.  Each stakeholders relating to social protection responding to the situation as appropriate

Strengthening community-based Child Protection (CP) systems

Since 2007 KMSS has been working in 6 dioceses and has helped to establish one Child Protection Community Support Groups (CPCSGs) in each of 57 villages.  These will be assessed for the first time for strengths and gaps.  Develop a ToR for consultant to guide the process, to help develop tools, and carry out an overall assessment.  Carry out data collection among sample size of existing CPCSGs.  Based on findings, provide trainings to DO staff to improve their skills to carry out actions aimed at further strengthening of CPCSGs.  Assess the reporting, referral and coordination aspects of the CPCMCs.  Develop some training sessions to address the gaps based on the assessment.  Organize one CP committee general assembly participated by 50 representatives of community members +10 KMSS staff facilitators.  Three-day meeting at Yangon

A number of children are still victims of abuse at home, trafficking, and captured or recruited to be child soldiers.  There is ongoing need for the improved participation and mobilization of community in CP.

Finalizing the KMSS Child Protection Policy

Review will be carried out on the existing draft KMSS Child Protection (CP) Policy.  This policy document was first drafted in 2011 with the lead of World Concern and included 13 other Fatih-based and LNGOs including KMSS.  Senior CP staff from KMSS DOs will join with NO to finalize the CP Policy.  When finalized, awareness raising sessions will be provided to CP staff in six existing targeted dioceses, plus to Directors and senior staff of other 10 remaining dioceses.  In addition, there will be efforts to start to further integrate CP into KMSS systems.  As a start for 2013-14, KMSS will target 11 dioceses and ensure that the policy is mainstreamed into internal recruitment and staff contracting practices.

KMSS works with a number of children in all sectors of KMSS development works.  The finalization of policy can lead KMSS to install the very necessary component of CP to be in line with organizational accountability standards. 

 

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