CfP: Comprehensive Social Protection – Annual SASPEN Conference

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International Conference

18-19 October 2016

SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) and FES (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) will be hosting a two day international conference on “Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC” in Johannesburg, on 18 and 19 October 2016. The conference will be organized around three themes:

  1. Comprehensive Social Protection Systems
  2. Comprehensive Social Policies
  3. Comprehensive Vulnerability Analysis

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Call for Contributions for 206 Annual SASPEN Conference “Comprehensive Social Protection”

SASPEN Lusaka Colloquium “Social Protection for Informal Workers”

SASPEN Lusaka Colloquium “The Right to Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities”

SASPEN Lusaka Colloquium “The Role of Civil Society in Social Protection Policy”

Indigenous Social Security Systems Workshop

2015 Annual SASPEN Conference themed “Sustainability of Social Protection”

UNDG ESARO: Social Protection Issues Brief (includes SASPEN as best practice)

Rio+10: Social Protection for Sustainable Development

IPC-IG: Africa inventory of non-contributory programmes

New Global Social Protection Web Plattform

New Webportal Social Protection and Human Rights

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UCT CSSR: Social Policy in the Global South

In a series of new working papers the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) of the University of Cape Town explores welfare reform and social policy in countries across the Global South, particularly Southern Africa and other African countries.

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UCT CSSR: Social protection policies in Tanzania, 2000-2015

In a new working paper of the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) of the University of Cape Town, SASPEN Advisory Council Member Marianne S Ulriksen analyses the development of social protection policies in Mainland Tanzania between 2000 and 2005.

Tanzania has recently scaled up a piloted conditional cash transfer programme to target the extreme poor across the country. In addition, there has been moves to finalise a national social protection framework and the possibility of introducing an old age pension has been announced. This paper focuses on these three main social protection developments in Tanzania and looks into the role of different bureaucracies and their funding partners in shaping social protection policies. The Tanzanian case illustrates how external agencies influence the development of social protection strategies in low-income countries. Although policy ownership lies with domestic institutions, their ability to develop policies, implement these and document their success is largely depended on the support they get from external agencies. By funding pilot projects and supporting evidence-based publications and promotional events, external actors can play a determining role in promoting specific social protection policy designs. Without strong institutional ownership with the backing of resourceful partners, proposed policies are less likely to get sufficient political support.

Download the paper here (pdf)

UNDG ESARO: Social Protection Issues Brief

The UN Development Group (UNDG) has published a Social Protection Issues Brief for Eastern and Southern Africa in collaboration with ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and WFP. The brief presents the main frameworks of Social Protection, addresses common challenges and describes a dozen case studies of African best practices (including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda).

The brief also features SASPEN as best practice (see p. 34). UNDG-SocProIssuesBriefEsaro_2016

In Eastern and Southern Africa, nearly half of the population lives on less than US$1.25 a day, making social protection a vital safeguard against poverty and deprivation.  Over the last several years, the development agencies of the United Nations have joined forces to increase access to social protection in many of these countries, scaling up modest efforts and inaugurating new ones where they did not exist.

Whether through through joint teams or planning exercises, common office space or shared financial resources, the UN system has come closer together to deliver techncial assistance to governments and other constituents in the region and make social protection coverage a reality for more and more people.

This new publication from the collaborating agencies of the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPF-I) details what is being done to create and improve social protection instutitions, policies and administrative capacities in the region, while jointly implementing the social protection components of the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Development Agenda.  It also outlines several of the many new and innovative ways in which the UN is increasingly “delivering as one” in the area of social protection.

Read more here. Download the issues brief here (pdf, 13mb)

Rio+10: Social Protection for Sustainable Development

Following the South-South-Learning process the UNDP Rio+10 Centre organized in 2015 (see here and here) between the AU and Brazil, it has now published a comprehensive reader “Social Protection for Sustainable Development. Dialogues between Africa and Brazil” covering 10 chapters on social protection and sustainable development, economic emergence, social development, poverty reduction, income redistribution, food and nutrition security, nature and environment, building comprehensive systems and coordination of interventions.

The following flagship report focusing on Social Protection for Sustainable Development (SP4SD) serves as a companion policy analysis for national and global advocacy on inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. It looks at the role that social protection can play in this effort, which can be instrumental, coordinating, enabling and resilience-building. The report highlights the impressive gains in human development and poverty eradication achieved through the world renowned Brazilian social protection scheme and explores the conceptual and practical mechanics of its functioning to provide insights for the design and adoption of social protection schemes in Africa and beyond.

 

Clj0C7BXEAAQ7OlRead more about the report here, read it online here or download it here (pdf, 5.7mb)

SADC-BIG Campaign: Social Protection promotes African Unity

In a recent Daily Maverick” op-ed, Nkateko Chauke, Coordinator of the SADC-BIG-Campaign explores the connection between Social Protection which can reduce inequality and combat poverty, and overall African unity. Social cash transfers in Malawi, Namibia and South Africa demonstrate how people may escape poverty and scale-up their livelihood.

The SADC BIG Coalition (Basic Income Grant) shares a common vision to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality in SADC and promote the rollout of social protection in the region in accordance with the SADC Social Charter. This will enable the continent’s poorest households to better meet their basic needs through providing everyone with a minimum level of income, thus affirming and supporting the inherent dignity for all.

Find the whole article here.

East Africa: Bill on rights for persons with disabilities

On June 2, the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha (EALA), Tanzania, passed a bill dealing with the rights of person’s with disabilities (PWDs). It is a major step in the direction of full protection of PWDs and to improve the standart of living.

The purpose of this Bill is to:

 

to take appropriate and effective measures including policy, legislative, administrative and budgetary steps to ensure and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities;

to recognize that disability is not inability and providing special safety nets for PWDs;

 

to ensure and improve access to rehabilitation, education, training and community sports;

 

to guide, coordinate and harmonize interventions for People with Disabilities by Stakeholders.

Read the whole article here.

Lusaka Conference: Industrial Relations, Negotations & Collective Bargaining

Labour legislation is one of the biggest issues around the world. In order to tackle its challenges in Zambia, MD INK invites stakeholders who are working labour standards and laws to a conference on the 29th and 30th of June 2016.

While the employer has a fundamental right to run his business, his right has to be adjusted with the employee’s right to social justice. The former pertains to the realm of fundamental rights in our Constitution, the latter to the realm of the Directive Principles. The Ultimate aim is to have peace in industry so that production may increase and the national economy may grow.

Find the whole invitation  here (pdf, 1 MB).

SSC Namibia: Harambee Prosperity Plan

In order to protect the elderly in Namibia and ensure their financial well-being in retirement, especially those who worked in informal employment, the Namibian government mandated the Social Security Commission (SCC) through the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish a National Pension Fund (NPF) which covers all fromer employees (find a more comprehensive description here (pdf, 900 KB)).

The NPF is necessary to alleviate poverty, promote inclusivity and reduce inequality. In addition, the SSA also provides for the establishment of a National Medical Benefit Fund (NMBF) to provide essential medical benefits to Namibian workers.

The NPF is a part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (pdf, 1.4 MB) which is the current action plan of the Namibian government in order to combat poverty and gain social security.

The HARAMBEE PROSPERITY PLAN (HPP) is constructed around the Namibian narrative. It acknowledges that we are not starting afresh, but that we must continue with the construct of an inclusive Namibian House, built on a solid foundation of peace and stability. We are unifed by our national identity and stand united in Cause, to usher Namibia into the epoch of Prosperity

FAO SOCPRO seeks a “Social Protection Policy and Programming Specialist”

The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) is looking for a “Social Policy And Programming Specialist” in order to assist the the FAO’s efforts to strengthening the coherence between agriculture and social protection in Lesotho.

The task for the specialist will be:

  • Providing technical support to the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) and its related programmes and programmes/policies in the agricultural sector, including the National Food Security Policy.

  • Assisting in the design, operationalization and monitoring of the emergency response to El Nino drought with national upscale of complementary agricultural and social protection interventions.

The deadline for the application is the 10th of June. Find more information if you click here.

India: Right-Based Approach to Rural Social Protection

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in India implements a rights-based approach to provide social protection and employment. The new approach is part of the public social protection scheme created to cover and provide employments and social security especially for those people who work in rural settings.

MGNREGA combines rights-based entitlements with demand-driven employment and citizen-centred planning and monitoring in its design. With regards to the central principles of R202, the innovative policy framework of MGNREGA pings nearly all of them: universality of protection, entitlement to benefits prescribed by national law, inclusion of informal economy workers, and respect for the rights and dignity of people covered by the scheme. Yet, despite the inclusion of these principles in formulating policy, the implementation process demonstrates the many challenges of realizing a rights-based approach.

Read more here.

Virtual Meeting: Gender Aspects of Social Protection

A virtual meeting on the 9th of June at 3pm (UTC +0) deals with gender aspects of Social Protection; organized by IPC-IG as part of the South-South experience exchange.

The aim is for social protection policy makers from Africa and Brazil to exchange experiences, best practices, challenges and recommendations on the gender aspects of social protection. The meeting will be conducted in English.

Follow this link to register.

IPC-IG: Scaling up Cash Transfer Programmes

A new policy brief (pdf, 176 KB) “Scaling up cash transfer programmes: Good practices and lessons learned from Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia” published by IPC-IG underlines the importance of monitoring and evaluating cash transfer programmes.

Social cash transfer programmes are important and promising initiatives in the promotion of sustainable development and inclusive growth in the developing world. However, many of these programmes are operating at a small scale, reaching only a limited number of beneficiaries. Strategies to expand, adapt and sustain successful pilot or small-scale programmes are thus necessary in the continuous process of poverty alleviation and development. This policy research brief provides an overview of the literature relating to the scale-up of cash transfer programmes and an examination of good practices and lessons learned from the process in three African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

The research paper is also available in French if you click here and in Portuguese if you click here. Read the english version here (pdf, 176 KB).

Lusaka SP Colloquium: Social Protection for Informal Workers

On May 12, 2016, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

the third 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Social Protection for Informal Workers

The Colloquium was officially opened by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security, Honourable Alfreda Kansembe, MP.

The Colloquium included presentations by
Prof Frances Lund, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO),
Mr Patrick Chabwe, Actuarial Liability Manager National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA),
Ms Marielle Phe Goursat, International Labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka,

and was facilitated by
Mr Lameck Kashiwa, General Secretary of the Alliance for Zambia Informal Economy Associations.

Download the meeting agenda here (pdf, 69 KB).

3rd 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium

3rd 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium

Prof Frances Lund, Special Advisor and former Director for Social Protection, Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO) provided the keynote presentation for this evening in which she elaborated the gender dimensions of informal work and social protection, presented the intricacies of providing social protection for informal employment, best practices and lessons from other countries as well as further linkages particularly in the health sector. Download her presentation here (pdf, 518 KB).

Mr Patrick Chabwe, Actuarial Liability Manager of the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) introduced into the NAPSA strategy to extend social security to the informal economy. Download his presentation here (pdf, 465 KB).

Ms Marielle Phe Goursat of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka presented “Lessons from Research with Zambian Domestic Workers, Small Scale Farmers ans Construction Workers”. Download her presentation here (pdf, 488 KB).

General Secretary Mr Lameck Kashiwa moderated the evening and facilitated the discussions.

A YouTube podcast of the keynote presentation can be watched below. If you’d like to go immediately to the keynote presentation, please see jump to time index 19:35.

The event was also featured on Zambia ZNBC radio:

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IPC-IG: Brazil Public Policies for Rural Development

A new IPC-IG working “Public policies for rural development and combating poverty in rural areas” analyzes 11 major policies Brazil implemented concerning rural development.

Findings suggest that, although the productivity and sustainability of the most vulnerable smallholder farmers have not been substantially improved despite the many national policies in place, this should be attributed to a bias in rural development policies towards farmers who are already more established, and not at all to any intrinsically unsustainable aspect, or lack of potential, of smallholder and family farming.

To download the paper click here (English, pdf, 3.6 MB) or here (Portuguese, pdf, 183 KB). For background information click here (pdf, 180 KB).

IPC-IG: Africa inventory of non-contributory programmes

A new publication “Social Protection in Africa: inventory of non-contributory programmes” by the International Policy Centre of inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)

aims at providing a broad overview of the existing non-contributory social protection programmes in Africa, supporting a better general understanding of interventions in the region and their main design choices and features.

It maps and profiles 127 programmes from 39 African countries, organised in a user-friendly way, allowing for easy access to each programme and the corresponding references through hyperlinks.

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The report stems from the project “Brazil & Africa: fighting the poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation“, supported by DFID and in cooperation with UNICEF, IPC-IG and socialprotection.org.

To download the whole publication click here (pdf, 2 MB).

SPI: Social Progress Index 2015

The Social Progress Imperative (SPI) launched the Social Progress Index of 2015.

The Social Progress Index offers a rich framework for measuring the multiple dimensions of social progress, benchmarking success, and catalyzing greater human wellbeing. The 2015 version of the Social Progress Index has improved upon the 2014 version through generous feedback from many observers and covers an expanded number of countries with 52 indicators.

In June 2015 SASPEN together with PSP Zambia and FES hosted an international expert workshop dealing with social indices in the SADC context.

Read more here and download the entire Social Progress Index here (pdf, 4,5 MB).

Linkages Social Protection & Children’s Care

Family for every Child” in conjunction with IDS, CSP and CINDI has published a research report regarding linkages of Child Support Grant (CSG) and Foster Child Grant (FCG) and children’s care in South Africa. Key findings of the report include the positive role the grants play in improving child well-being and care, but also caution that in case of lacking human resources (social workers, programme staff) cash provision may have a negative impact. ———- Please continue reading

FAO SOCPRO seeks Social Protection Consultants

The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) is seeking for two new consultants with the description : Social Protection Policy and Programme Specialist and Social Protection Capacity Development Consultant. Deadline May 27.
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Zambia Social Protection Week 2016

The Government of the Republic of Zambia is hosting a Social Protection Week 2016 through the Ministries of Community Development & Social Welfare and Labour & Social Security, May 16-20, 2016.

The week comes with a number of public fora (‘open Sessions’) to which the public is invited, such as

  • Tuesday, 9-13, Building a Social Protection System for Zambia: Key priorities and challenges moving forward.
  • Tuesday, 14-17, Health Protection – How to make the new Social Health Insurance scheme work for all
  • Tuesday, 14-17, Students Atelier
  • Wednesday, 9-12:30, High Level Launch of the Social Cash Transfer Programme Evaluation
  • Wednesday, 14-17, Mainstreaming Disability in Social Protection
  • Thursday, 14-17, Open exhibition of key Social Protection programmes implemented by various organizations
  • Friday, 9-12, Extending Social Security to the Informal Economy: What have we learnt? Where do we go?
  • Friday, 9-12, Exploring Synergies: HIV-Sensitive social protection
  • Friday, 9-12, Exploring Synergies: Nutrition-Sensitive social protection

Kindly register for the ‘open sessions’ using this email address: spweek@events-in-zambia.com

For more information see the SPW Synopsis of Sessions, the SPW Invitation letter and the full SPW Programme.

Webinar: Linkages Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Long-term Social Safety Nets

A webinar themed “A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfer with Long-Term Social Safety Nets” and organized by the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and the Oxfort Policy Management (OPM) hosted by socialprotection.org on May 12, 2016 at 9 – 10.30 (EST) will addresses following topics:

1. The need for and purpose of linking humanitarian Cash Transfer Programmes (CTPs)  with social protection;
2. Where is the convergence and how can this be used for humanitarian CTPs;
3. What are the challenges and opportunities;
4. Some examples of how humanitarian CTPs have been linked with social protection in different contexts.

If you wish to attend the webinar please register here.

FAO ESP seeking Social Protection Consultant

The FAO’s ESP is looking for a Social Protection Consultant – Extending coverage of social protection to rural areas – who should work home-based with missions to FAO Head Quater (Rome) and selected countries.

FAO and ILO are working together to promote and support the effective reach and coverage of social protection to rural populations. FAO’s work on social protection supports efforts to ensure coverage of social protection for all, including those whose livelihoods depend on natural resources, such as agriculture, livestock, fisheries or forestry 4. ILO’s approach pays particular emphasis on the extension of coverage to rural populations and to workers in the informal economy, and to facilitating their transition to the formal economy, based on Recommendations No. 202 and 204.

For more details please read the attached Terms of References which you can download here. The application deadline is 23 May 2016.

ODI: Leaving no one behind project papers

The recent “Leaving no one behind” project of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published three working papers about including hard-to-reach population groups in social protection, namely Informal, Migrant and marginalized Women workers (all of which were also subject of previous SASPEN conferences).

In the paper ‘Extending social insurance to informal workers: a gender analysis’ Rebecca Holmes and Lucy Scott analyse

Informal workers face high levels of risks yet the majority are not covered by social insurance. Meanwhile, women informal workers face specific and heightened risks, yet more women than men are excluded from insurance schemes.  Increasingly a number of countries are extending social insurance to informal workers, but, with only some exceptions, most policies remain gender-blind or gender-neutral.

In the paper ‘Internal migrants and social protection: a review of eligibility and take-up’ Emma Hopkins, Francesca Bastagli, and Jessica Hagen-Zanker analyse

Reasons for non-participation include complex and costly registration requirements, portability constraints and limited enforcement of official policy rules. Such features interact with additional factors such as sector and nature of employment, which are linked to whether a migrant has a contract. Other factors that affect migrants’ participation in social protection include limited knowledge and awareness of programmes and language barriers.

In the paper ‘Informality, women and social protection: identifying barriers to provide effective coverage’ Martina Ulrichs analyses

Designing more flexible social protection schemes that adjust to the particular needs of women in informal work requires a careful assessment of the obstacles they face in accessing social protection.

To read the full papers click the links below or see the project page here.

  • Extending social insurance to informal workers: a gender analysis (overview | pdf)
  • Internal migrants and social protection: a review of eligibility and take-up (overview | pdf)
  • Informality, women and social protection: identifying barriers to provide effective coverage (overview | pdf)

UNICEF to Explore Link between SP and Violence Prevention

UNICEF Innocenti and the Know Violence in Childhood Initiative are hosting a round table in Florence, Italy to explore the linkages between social protection and the prevention of violence against children.

The round table will gather 25 experts from around the globe for two days to discuss new research linking social protection to childhood violence outcomes, including young child and adolescent sexual, physical and emotional violence. Some key questions to be discussed include:

  • What is the potential for social protection to affect childhood violence?
  • What rigorous evidence exists on the impact of social protection on childhood violence?
  • Where have the range of social protection programmes actively tried to address childhood violence, and what modifications or strategies have been pursued?
  • What are some of the key research questions and gaps looking forward?

Development Pathways: How Uber challenges SP systems

Uber is transforming taxi markets and rapidly growing in countries like South Africa. Often hailed as a new way to increase flexibility and convenience, Uber has also long been criticized for undermining regulatory and social protections systems and even been challenged in court in countries with strongly regulated taxi markets. Previously Uber was a point of discussion on the SASPEN opinion blog SASPEN INSIGHTS. Now the Development Pathways Blog has posted an analysis “How Uber challenges social protection systems”. Blog author Rasmus concludes,

If this development towards a more informal labour market and more precarious employment continues, it will require radical reforms to the current social protection systems in developed countries. Just as in developing countries today, contributory social security systems, which are designed for a labour market where most are either in full time employment or unemployed, are not well suited to the emerging labour market. What is needed, instead, is an expansion of tax-financed social security programmes, where entitlements do not depend on being in full-time employment.

FAO SOCPRO Rome looking for Economist

The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) Rome is looking for an Economist.

We are seeking an Economist to deepen and push forward the agenda on the linkages between agricultural and social protection interventions. The Economist will join a team of economists, anthropologists and policy specialists and will lead quantitative analytical work, from the design of studies (drafting concept notes and proposing methodologies) to empirical application (coordinating work of consultants, implementing the analyses, drafting reports/papers, etc.) to presenting findings and using these to provide programming and policy advice.

For more details please read the attached Terms of References which you can download here. The application deadline is 6th of May.

World Bank: Africa Poverty Report 2016 “Poverty in Rising Africa”

The World Bank Africa Poverty Report 2016 “Poverty in Rising Africa”, shows a decline of poverty rates but an increase of extreme poverty in absolute numbers in Africa.

Poverty across the continent may be lower than what current estimates suggest, though the number of people living in extreme poverty has grown substantially since 1990, according to the latest World Bank Africa poverty report.

According to the Data from the World Bank the share of people in Africa dropped from 56 Percent in 1990 to 43 Percent in 2012. However, due to the population growth there are more people living in poverty than back in the 90s.

Find the report here

UN SR on the Rights of PWD end of mission in Zambia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms Catalina Davandas-Aguilar, keynote speaker at the recent SASPEN Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium, issued an end of mission statement upon conclusion of her mission to Zambia, 18th to 28 of April 2016. She points to successes being made in the country, and underlines main challenges.

I commend the efforts undertaken by Zambia to make its social protection framework inclusive of persons with disabilities. In addition to the adoption of a National Social Protection Policy in 2014, which considers disability as one of its pillars, several social protection programmes take into consideration the needs of persons with disabilities in their implementation. These include the Social Cash Transfer programme, the Public Welfare Assistance Scheme and the Food Security Pack Programme. The Government should continue to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in all its social programmes, including the Social Protection Fund, the Women Empowerment Fund, the Youth Empowerment Fund and the Citizens Economic Empowerment Fund. The Government should also ensure that funds are available for the adequate implementation of its disability-specific funds and programmes. – See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=19890&LangID=E#sthash.iC0Y6qlS.dpuf

Find the whole statement here.

FES Lusaka: Call for expressions of interest – Stakeholder and Website Mapping

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lusaka is inviting expressions of interest to conduct two independent mapping analysis exercises:

  • Mapping of stakeholders engaged with Social Protection on African continental and sub-regional level
  • Mapping of websites engaged with Social Protection on African continental and sub-regional level

Deadline for expressions of interest to conduct either analysis is May 10. If you are interested in both, please send proposals for both separately.

Kindly see the Terms of Reference here (stakeholder mapping) and here (website mapping). For any questions please contact daniel.kumitz@fes-zambia.org

Lusaka Colloquium: Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities

On April 25, 2016, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

the second 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities”

Zambia’s Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare , Hon. Emerine Kabanshi, MP,
Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
Mr Kennedy Mumba of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare
Mr Alick Nyirenda of the CBR Zambia Support Programme Livingstone, and
Ms Pia Korpinen of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and
Mr Hamanyanga Miyoba, of the Zambia Institute for Special Education as moderator for the evening.

Download the meeting agenda here (pdf, 70 KB).

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium 25 April 2016

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium 25 April 2016

The Hon. Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare, Emerine Kabanshi, MP, gave the opening speech about “The National Policy on Disability”. Download her speech here (pdf, 893 KB).

Ms. Catalina Davandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in her keynote laid out the current situation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In an overview of her 2015 Report to the UN Assembly she offered high level analytical conclusions and summarized the global situation of the right to social protection of persons with disability on the ground. Download her Report here (pdf, 454 KB). A video podcast of the speech will be forthcoming.

Mr. Kennedy Mumba of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare, presented the content of the National Policy on Disability. Download his presentation here (pdf, 788 KB).

Mr. Alick Nyirenda of the CRB Zambia Support Programme Livingstone presented a civil society perspective and elaborated how civil society organizations can strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities. He gave an overview of work done at community level to improve mobilization, utilisation, capacity strengthening and community competencies in disability work, as well as mainstreaming disability rights in all sectors. Download his presentation here (pdf, 3 MB).

Ms. Pia Korpinen of the International Labour Organization analyzed the “National Policy on Disability” and the “National Social Protection Policy” which led to the following discussion. Download her presentation here (pdf, 129 KB).

Mr. Hamanyanga Miyoba of the Zambia Institute of Special Education moderated the evening and facilitated the discussion.

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Social Policy Professor position at the Rhodes University

The Rhodes University is looking to fill a a social policy professor vacancy.

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of designated groups to apply.

Find the official advertisement here. The closing date is 9th of May 2016.

Support UNRISD in funding crisis

Our Partner United Nations Research Institute for Social Protection (UNRISD) is facing a existential financial crisis at this moment and is asking for help by signing a letter of support.

UNRISD does not receive funding from the regular budget of the United Nations. We depend on foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors and individuals for the support that enables us to carry out Research for Social Change. But UNRISD has been hit hard by shifting funding models over the past decade. Our reserves have been exhausted over the past few years and funding levels are now at crisis point.

About +200 UNRISD friends signed a letter of support which has been sent to SG Ban Ki-moon. UNRISD is collecting signatures to create a strong voice. If you would like to support UNRISD please sign the letter here.

Social Protection Floor Index launched

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in cooperation with the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (mgsog at UNU-MERIT) has developed a Social Protection Floor Index (SPF-Index). The index measures the social-protection-floor-gap that exist at a country level and offers totally new approach to this specific theme for use by all stakeholders.

It assesses the degree of implementation of national SPFs, by detecting protection gaps in the health and income dimension and indicating the magnitude of financial resources needed to close these gaps in relation to a country’s economic capacity. The SPFI thus informs members, trade unions, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders about the need for corrective policy action, compares the implementation of SPFs across members, and, in future, monitors members’ progress over time. In the long run, it is hoped that the SPFI can contribute to achieving a fairer and more inclusive globalization.

Download the Index  here (pdf, 301 KB)