Follow the Money: Global funding of child and family MHPSS activities in development and humanitarian assistance

Semmache, Y. and Thierry, M.
Publication language
Date published
01 Dec 2021
CP AOR, Child Protection Area of Responsibility, The MHPSS Collaborative
Research, reports and studies
Children & youth, Funding and donors
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children Denmark, Save the Children Denmark

The years 2018 and 2019 saw unprecedented interest in MHPSS from key actors within the international community. A sequence of international high-level events took place in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic furthered the momentum and attention to the mental health and wellbeing needs of children, young people, and families.

However, the question remains whether this increase in focus has been matched by financial commitments and actual spending. There is a lack of clarity regarding humanitarian and development financing for child and family MHPSS as donors do not report how much they allocate to this area of work. MHPSS activities are often integrated within funding allocated for broader education, health, or protection activities, with the unique costs of MHPSS programme components remaining unspecified.

The aim of this study is to get a picture of the international aid provided to activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in crisis. It is a follow-up study on a previous report published in 2019.