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.

child protection, citizenship, development aid, empowerment, orphans,
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