This article considers ways to shift the implementation of children's rights-based aid approaches from protectionism, which hinders orphans and vulnerable children's (OVCs) survival strategies, to empowerment in order to transform OVC livelihoods. I emphasize children's citizenship as a means of increasing OVC participation in policy-making.

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Keywords child protection, citizenship, development aid, empowerment, orphans
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Journal International Social Work
Cheney, K.E. (2013). Killing them softly? Using children's rights to empower Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. International Social Work, 56(1), 92–102. doi:10.1177/0020872812459063