There is a need for the sector to position and entrench itself as a priority sector in government planning and budgeting processes. To achieve this, there is an even greater need for a clear strategy and established mechanisms for communicating results to defined audiences (especially policymakers). As it is, there is a mixed understanding of social protection and the programs that encompass Social Protection. Evidence on the socio-economic impact realized by social protection programs while well documented has not been well communicated. As such, policymakers are unable to comprehend the contribution of social protection to economic growth – which poses a challenge to efforts that seek to increase government budget allocation to social protection – and makes sustaining interventions of non-state actors more challenging. The Social Protection Sector should project and position itself as a priority sector within national and county governments.
The CoP will provide an opportunity to have discussions on how to capture data resulting from the diverse programs, and to jointly organize and communicate outcomes and impact of these programs. The CoP will purpose to visualize the milestones of the sector through infographics, fact sheets, social media, audio-visuals, etc – in a way that demonstrates the return on investment. It will have the potential to help policymakers to appreciate the potential of Social to contribute to economic growth.