Global Initiative to Support Parents (GISP) | Kenya’s National Positive Parenting Programme Shares Promising Scale Approach

February 12, 2024 – The Government of Kenya hosted a side event during the 62nd session of the Commission for Social Development to demonstrate its social protection initiatives among local counties and to foster sharing of insights and good practices with member states. Representatives from Ghana and Zambia also attended to present their respective county experiences. 

UNICEF Kenya was among the panelists and joined with the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to make a presentation on the National Positive Parenting Programme. The presentation introduced positive parenting and how investing in parenting interventions can support gender transformation and address violence against children and violence against women. The presentation also focused on inclusivity and engaging fathers in parenting interventions to better support children’s holistic development. 

The participants were briefly introduced to the national positive parenting training modules. The training complements the cash transfer plus program called Nutrition Improvements through Cash and Health Education (NICHE), which is part of the World Bank–funded Kenya Social and Economic Inclusion Project. It is a government flagship cash and care program that is being rolled out to promote good nutrition among pregnant women, mothers, and young children. To date, a total of 1,950 NICHE parents and caregivers have been reached with positive parenting sensitization and/or group sessions in Kilifi County. 

The NICHE cash and care program, including the positive parenting training, will be expanded to more counties within Kenya during 2024. At the same time, the scale-up of the National Positive Parenting Programme will continue using multisectoral platforms and other existing programs. A strong coordination mechanism will support this process. 

The presentation at the session can be viewed in the video, starting at 52:30 and ending at 01:03.