Post Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive Social Policies PDF  | Print |  E-mail


Over the past decade, there has been an increasing discussion of 'vulnerable children' in the international development literature as the objective of development intervention parallel to the traditional concept of child agency. This is coupled with changing political-economic processes at global and local levels. In order to respond to these changes, and to address the effects of poverty, inequity and inequality on children's and women's rights, UNICEF Zimbabwe is increasingly working in public policy analysis and advocacy with governments, learning institutions and development partners to build support and political capital in favour of effective policies, laws and budgets that promote the rights and wellbeing of children and women. One of the challenges is the lack of national expertise that can be a valuable asset at this critical period of transition to promote UNICEF's vision. In order to address this challenge, UNICEF entered into a partnership with the Women's University in Africa whereby the two jointly developed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive Social Policies with WUA offering the course as part of its programmes, with initial funding from UNICEF. The Diploma which was launched in January 2013 will indeed provide a practical long term solution to lack of expertise in children's issues by training participants in researching, analysing, monitoring and evaluating public policy in order to strengthen democratic governance and solve today's challenges, and more importantly, shape the future of the children of Zimbabwe.


The overall aim is to ensure a steady flow of national experts and leaders who are committed to the realization of the rights of every child and woman, equipped with necessary tools and argumentation, and ultimately apply this knowledge in the design and implementation of policies and programs for children.


Equip students with skills to:

  • Apply basic human rights principles in the design of proposals for advancing children’s rights in different policy contexts.

  • Understand the importance of integrating poverty reduction and realization of children’s rights into the macroeconomic policy frame works to enable equitable and sustainable development.


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