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This report outlines the global context that the Eastern and South Africa Regions (ESAR) is operating in with respect to child protection. It highlights the programming that has been undertaken to date on child protection systems, outlines lessons learned from Maestral’s mapping work in ESAR, and proposes the way forward for the region. The report also highlights key ESAR achievements and presents country studies from Kenya and Somaliland, with Kenya being the first and only example of a country that has completed its mapping and assessment, and that has developed a costed strategy. Other countries in the region undertaking mapping and assessment work are Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, and Zambia.