Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC)

The Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children was launched in 2004 to meet the needs of the country’s increasing number of children made vulnerable by poverty and HIV/AIDS.

It started as a pilot project in Garissa, Kwale and Nairobi, then supported by UNICEF. At the initial stage it supported 500 Households, each receiving Ksh.500 per month.

The programme has progressively scaled up with the support of the Government, UNICEF, DFID and World Bank. It is currently (FY 2015/16) supporting 246,000 Households in all 47 counties.


The programme seeks to provide a social protection system through regular cash transfers to families living with OVCs in order to encourage fostering and retention of such children within their families and communities and to promote their human capital development.

Specific Objectives

  • Education: increase school enrolment, attendance and retention for 6 to 17 year old children in basic school (up to standard 8).
  • Health: reduce the rate of mortality and morbidity among 0 to 5 year old children, through immunizations, growth monitoring and vitamin A supplement provision.
  • Civil registration: encourage caregivers to obtain identity cards within the first six months after enrolment, birth certificates for children and death certificates for deceased parents.
  • Strengthening capacities within the household: Coordinate with other Ministries and partners training on areas such as nutrition and reproductive health. Provide guidance and refer cases related to HIV/AIDS, both among adults and children who are members of the household.


  • The household must be extremely poor 
  • The household must have OVCs
  • Household must not be enrolled in other CT Programmes

Amount Paid

Beneficiaries receive KES 2,000 per household per month paid through the Kenya Commercial Bank and Equity Bank and its Agents.

Beneficiaries thus should receive KES 4,000 in every payment cycle.

CT-OVC is funded by the Government of Kenya and development partners including UNICEF, WB, DFID and SIDA

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