Integrated Policy

Developing an Integrated Social Protection Model in the Region of Guidimakha, Mauritania

The programme brief description

Mauritania has made significant progress in its support to poor and vulnerable populations in recent years. However, these interventions remain fragmented with critical gaps. The Joint Programme funded by the SDG Fund will address these issues by improving articulation between contributory and non-contributory social protection programmes and support to developing the critical missing pieces of a social protection system for Mauritania. Multiple actions of the Integrated Social Protection Joint Programme seek to enable groups and populations in vulnerable situations to organize, be heard and participate in national or regional development processes, and to provide accessible data and information to expose inequities of these categories of population.


The Joint Programme will develop a pilot approach of a coherent integrated regional model of existing social protection programmes and support social protection dialogue in Mauritania. The programme will adopt a gendered approach and undertake specific actions to promote gender transformation to ensure that the logic of “leave no one behind” is fully deployed. It will (i) deliberate target women for social transfers (when relevant) and identification of transfer modalities that are supportive of women’s choice and empowerment; (ii) provide specific interventions for girls, pregnant and breastfeeding girl / women / caregivers (education; malnutrition prevention and treatment; access to basic services); (iii) use safety-nets as platforms to convey key messages promoting gender equity and transformation, partly in relation to girls’ education, harmful practices (child marriage; FGM; GBVs) and on women’s socio-economic empowerment.

Target groups

Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, rural workers, Refugees and asylum seekers, migrants.


Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 10,000,000

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Economy and Industry; Ministry of Interior and Decentralization:; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Administration Modernisation; Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training; Ministry of Social Affairs, Childhood and Family; Ministry of Water and Sanitation; National Statistics Office; Regional Council of Guidimakha, and technical services (health, education, water and sanitation, social affairs); Tadamoun (Government agency responsible for poverty alleviation and addressing the legacy of slavery); Commission for Food Security; National Social Security Fund; National Health Insurance Fund

February 3, 2020 to October 2, 2022 (32 months)

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