ACT for Performance, in consortium with its partner firm CoreAdvice, which specializes in organizational reviews, was commissioned by the Ministry of Population, Social Protection and the Advancement of Women in Madagascar, with support from UNICEF, to conduct an organizational and institutional review of the Ministry. The objective is to understand the bottlenecks, human resources organization and capacities of the Ministry in order to make proposals to strengthen the social protection system in Madagascar.
The Government of Madagascar recently validated its National Social Protection Strategy (SNPS) for the period 2019-2023. Only 5.5% of the population is currently covered by social nets. The Government’s objective is the gradual scaling up of priority programs and the evolution towards an integrated social protection system for the country. As elsewhere, social protection has played a key role in the immediate response to the socio-economic crisis caused by COVID-19 in Madagascar. Indeed, 240,000 of the most vulnerable households benefited from two unconditional cash transfers in 2020 to support consumption during the containment and a longer-term response phase is being developed by the Cash Working Group, under the leadership of the Ministry.