SASPEN2017 CfP: Disability and Social Protection



To read the Call for Abstracts and Concept Note in a pdf, click here (pdf, 404kb)

We cordially invite you to attend the conference. Please register at Conference registration is limited to 150 participants. Registration closes on March 31, SAST 23:59.

The Local Organising Committee has pre-identified a number of conceptual and case study presentations for the conference, and will consider proposals for both research and policy contributions on a rolling basis but no later than March 31. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Contributions are invited as power point presentations, posters or panel discussions, and should be clearly indicated as such. Kindly note that as conference slots fill up, the programme may be finalised even before March 31. For questions and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact


Social Protection is a mortar that not only builds relevant parts of the social policy framework, but works as facilitator for so many other social policies. In this view, social protection can be considered a means to an end. One of the ends is disability inclusion. Persons with disabilities are frequently excluded from participation in society, coupled with high poverty rates, stigmatisation, marginalisation and failed access to social services such as health, education and labour market participation. To make matters worse, poverty is a driving factor for disability prevalence due to lack of prevention such as timely medical treatment. The multi-dimensionality of poverty strikes harsh in situations where disability, rural poverty and other vulnerability factors such as gender, childhood, old age or social stigmatisation come together. The 2017 Annual SASPEN Conference poses the question, what role can social protection play to facilitate and deliver disability inclusion, integration and overall transformation of socio-economic, cultural and political structures that compound disability marginalisation. ———- Please continue reading

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Tuition Free Master of Arts in Social Protection – Bonn Germany
Vince is New SASPEN Coordinator
SASPEN brief: 8 new Briefs on Sustainability of Social Protection
New SASPEN One Pager Subseries
Book Launch: Employment Injury Protection in Eastern and Southern African Countries
SASPEN Country Workshop Tanzania
Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC – International Conference 2016
SASPEN Lusaka Colloquium “Social Protection for Informal Workers”
SASPEN Lusaka Colloquium “The Right to Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities”
UNDG ESARO: Social Protection Issues Brief (includes SASPEN as best practice)
New Global Social Protection Web Plattform
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New SASPEN One Pager Subseries

SASPEN in partnership with the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) have produced a subseries of the world famous one pagers. In this subseries, three one pagers summarise key perspectives on different aspects of Social Protection in Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. The one pagers include ‘Rethinking the Design and Implementation of Nigeria’s COPE Conditional Cash Transfer Programme,’ ‘Transformative Social Protection: Findings from the Zambian Child Grant and Farmer Input Support Programme’ and ‘Social Protection Reform in Mozambique and the New Basic Social Security Strategy’

Click the title of the one pager in our one pager log to read the full text

Title Author Date Languages
Rethinking the design and implementation of Nigeria’s COPE Conditional Cash Transfer Programme Olabanji Akinola Aug 2016 English
Transformative social protection: findings from the Zambian child grant and farmer input support programmes Anna Wolkenhauer Oct 2016 English
Social protection reform in Mozambique and the new basic social security strategy Sergio Falange, Luca Pellerano Nov 2016 English


Zambia Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

In April 2016 Zambia had the privilege to be visited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, as one of the countries chosen for her annual visits and assessments on the status of disability rights. The subsequent Zambia country report was launched at the UN Human Rights Council in New York on 28 February 2017.

The Special Rapporteur reports to the UN Human Rights Council and advises on the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities word-wide, including by supporting Governments to identify good practices, opportunities, challenges and protection gaps in this field. Her work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) as well as other international human rights standards.

During her 10 days visit, Ms. Devandas met with various key stakeholders. Ms. Devandas examined the situation of persons with disabilities including older persons, women and children as well as legislation, policies and programmes in place for the enjoyment of their rights. Ms. Devandas’ major focus was on assessing how much progress Zambia has made since the ratification of the UNCRPD in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, with a specific focus on the area of social protection, but also in education, mental health, access to justice, and deprivation of liberty. Other areas assessed included whether the right of persons with disabilities to participate in political and public life was being addressed in the electoral process, prior to the general elections of August 2016.

In her statement she says: “There are good opportunities and great potential for Zambia to become a disability champion in the African region. Zambia must build on the momentum created by the adoption of the Persons with Disabilities Act, the National Policy on Disability and the National Implementation Plan on Disability and make greater efforts towards their implementation. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the seventh National Development Plan, constitute great opportunities to foster development that is inclusive of persons with disabilities. The Special Rapporteur looks forward to a continued dialogue and collaboration with the Government of Zambia and other actors on the implementation of her recommendations.”

Please click the link below to access the full Report by Catalina Devandas Aguilar following her visit to Zambia. 

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities on her visit to Zambia 

Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) Tools Training – 15-17 December, 2016

Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) Tools Training – 15-17 December, 2016

The Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) tools training was held from 15th- 17th December 2016. The training was meant to provide and share information on ISPA tools and their application in supporting social protection policy and programme reforms at national level. The training increased participants’ knowledge about the ISPA tools and basic skills in their use to assess social protection systems, programmes and delivery mechanisms.

The training was also meant to deepen knowledge through establishment of a network of ISPA tool appliers that will continue to exchange experiences and knowledge after the training.

ISPA tools aim to analyze strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for social protection programs in order to help governments facilitate policy discussions.  The use of ISPA tools provides a platform for coordination of all stakeholders by enabling structured policy dialogue based on concrete evidence in a way that builds and complements each other’s competitive advantages.

If you wish to know more about ISPA, click here.

Thomas Piketty – Basic income or fair wage?

French economist Thomas Piketty, founder of the Paris School of Economics, and author of the best-selling book: ‘The capital in the 21st century’, discusses another topic of public debate in his latest blog entry titled “Basic Income or Fair wage?”

He sees basic income as not turning the economy on its head enough to deliver social justice. This, he argues, requires a complete re-engineering of the institutional framework to achieve fairer wages and a far greater possibility of equalizing the re-distribution of wealth. Does he, in fact, make sufficient argument that Basic Income should not figure in discussions about Social Justice?

Read the full article at:

SPIREWORK Expert Meeting 12-14th December, 2016

The Social Protection Plan for the Informal and Rural Economy Workers  (SPIREWORK) expert meeting was held from 12th – 14th December 2016 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The objective of the meeting was to share findings of the study conducted on the role of cooperatives in providing social protection to rural workers. The workshop facilitated sharing of knowledge and experience on the subject matter.

SPIREWORK is the AU vehicle to extend social protection coverage for the rural workers and members of their families. The AU adopted the Social Protection Plan for the Informal Economy and Rural Workers (SPIREWORK) during the 15th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly (Addis Ababa, January 2011).

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Tuition Free Master of Arts in Social Protection – Bonn, Germany

The Master of Arts in ‘Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems,’ on offer by the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, is open for applications. The programme is free of all tuition fees . Application deadline for the September 2017 intake is March 31.

To learn more about the program, visit here.

Vince is New SASPEN Coordinator

Vince Chipatuka was announced as interim Coordinator of SASPEN, taking over from Daniel Kumitz on October 19 2016. Vince, who has been an instrumental member of the SASPEN Steering Committee, is a logical pick to facilitate a seamless transition as the Network continues on its exciting trajectory. He also brings with him a wealth of expertise in the field of Social Protection and vast experience with stakeholder management. Vince will head the Network Secretariat, hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in Zambia, whose responsibilities include:

  1. The day to day operations and co-ordination of network programmes and activities such as Steering Committees (SC) meetings, Advisory Council (AC) meetings and workshops and conferences in liaison with SC
  2. Answering information and technical queries of members of the public and/or participants of the Network;
  3. Maintaining the Network website and updating it with information submitted to the Network Secretariat; and
  4. Disseminating information and content of the Network and of Network activities through the website, social media and publications;

The announcement was made during the 2016 Annual Conference where participants joined in to give a heartfelt send off to Daniel Kumitz (See video below), who joins UNICEF Zambia as Social Policy Specialist.

Vince can be reached through email: or can be reached at:

FES Zambia Office

5583 Great East Road

P.O. Box 30554

Tel: +260 211 295615/6

        +260 968 701314

Fax: +260 211 293557

Kalundu, Lusaka

Mobile: +260 977 536692

Join us in welcoming Vince in his new portfolio as he steers the SASPEN team forward!

New Book: Developing the Right to Social Security – A Gender Perspective

In his book ‘Developing the Right to Social Security – A gender perspective’ Beth Goldblatt (University of Technology, Sydney) discusses the need to develop the right to social security to ensure that it is responsive to gender discrimination and disadvantage. The book develops a framework that he uses in a study of international law; analysing three countries South Africa, Australia and India.

Click here to open the Flyer (PDF, 1.94 Mb): Flyer

Here is the web link to the publisher’s site

Social Welfare in Africa: Colonial Legacies

Thandika Mkandawire, economist at the London School of Economics, argues that current welfare systems in Africa are strongly determined by the ways in which their countries had been integrated into the colonial world system. In his paper Colonial Legacies and Social Welfare Regimes in Africa – An Empirical Exercise (UNRISD, 2016) he especially focusses on the links between social policy and domestic resource mobilisation, identifying three broad types of African welfare regimes. Click here to view the paper.

New book: The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South

Juliana Martínez Franzoni (University of Costa Rica) and Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (University of Oxford) have published a new book on universal social policies in the Global South. In The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South – Actors, Ideas and Architectures (Cambridge University Press 2016) they discuss the experiences of Costa Rica, South Korea, Mauritius and Uruguay to show how universal social policy reduces inequality, focussing on policy architectures and the role of states, political parties and democracy. Click here to learn more about the book and how to access it.


Impacts of social protection programmes on children – GSDRC Report

The GSDRC recently published a Report which explores a range of literature and collates expert opinions to make a case for Child-sensitive social protection. The report answers questions regarding both positive and negative impacts of social protection programmes on children, scrutinizing the conditions and processes that cause these outcomes. It also discusses what the literature suggest as key guiding considerations and approaches to maximise positive impacts.

click here to see the full Report (PDF, 670 KB)

Botswana: Mineral Wealth, Social Transfers and Taxation

In a new paper in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, SASPEN Advisory Council member Dr Marianne Ulriksen examines the relationship between mineral wealth and redistribution in Botswana, analyzing social transfers and taxation. The first 50 people to access the article will be able to download the paper for free and Dr Ulriksen decided to prioritize this opportunity for fellow SASPEN networkers. Please see the abstract and link below.

ABSTRACT: There are palpable cracks in the Botswana economic growth success story, most apparent in the evidence of persistent and extreme inequality. This article offers new insights into the Botswana puzzle by focusing on redistributive policies – taxation and transfers – as potential mechanisms to tackle poverty and inequality. The historical analysis explores how the minimal redistributive policies reflect the interests of the elites and how these actors justify their policy decisions with reference to the needs of the poor – an important electoral constituency; and it links policy developments to social and economic outcomes where no comprehensive social security system and negligible taxations means that only the well-to-do are in positions of income security and only the most vulnerable receive some relief. Diamond-rich Botswana avoids taxing its citizens. In terms of citizen engagement and ability to pursue social justice this may be a mistake.

For online access to the article, please click here

Social Cash Transfers: Changing Lives of African Families

The Mail and Guardian invites to attend the Critical Thinking Forum on Social Cash transfers: Changing lives of African Families? held at The Capital Empire in Sandton, Johannesburg on November 15th 2016.

The discussion will be based on the launch of the book: From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa, published by UNICEF and the FAO.

Click here for the invitation details.

#SASPEN2016: Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 – Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC – International Conference

Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC
FES & SASPEN International Conference, 18-19 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa


Click here for the conference programme.

The SASPEN Annual conference 2016 was held under the theme “Comprehensive Social Protection” in the SADC, with three sub-themes, which were:

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

The conference had a total of 34 podium and poster presentations and for the first time the conference had 2 parallel sessions.

Overall, more than 29 countries were represented. We have continued to attract interest even from outside the continent. Participants from Europe and South America formed part of the presentations and discussions.  ———- Please continue reading

Leila Patel: Social Welfare and and Social Development

A new publication by SASPEN Advisory Council Member and Director of the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) of the University of Johannesburg, Prof Leila Patel, titled “Social Welfare and Social Development” discusses social welfare practice in global and regional context. It addresses issues of poverty, unemployment and populations at risk within South Africa and the role of the social welfare system in South Africa in tackling these issues. The book outlines the theory and practice of social development as the practice through which the South African government aims to address social challenges. The first edition was unique and groundbreaking in its explication of social development and is still valued for these insights. The second edition includes updated discussions, reviewing changes in the social landscape since 2005.

Read more here (pdf, 322kb).

SASPEN brief: 8 new Briefs on Sustainability of Social Protection

In SASPEN briefs 1/2016 to 8/2016, eight presenters from the 2015 annual SASPEN Conference “Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space” explore different facets of social protection and country case studies.

Victoire Umuhire and Christoph Ernst of the International Labour Organisation discuss the need to finance social protection in Africa by tapping into resources generated from the extractive industries. Read the full brief “Africa’s opportunity to finance social protection: The role of revenues from extractive industries” here (pdf, 771kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Jonathan Tumwebaze from the Uganda Christian University Mukono explores the potentials of the Ugandan Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment for orphaned children. Read the full brief “Linking Social Assistance Grant (SAGE) and HIV + Orphaned for sustainable resultshere (pdf, 577kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Jairous J. Miti from University of Zambia asks whether Zambian social protection programmes are appropriate to the Zambian context and effective at reducing poverty. Read the full brief “Social Protection (Social Cash Transfer) in Zambia: The question of appropriatenesshere (pdf, 450kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Nikhil Treebhoohun, chairman of Oxford International Mauritius highlights the important role that social protection played for the economic success and structural transformation of Mauritius since the early 1970s. Read the full brief “Social Protection and Economic Transformation: The Case of Mauritiushere (pdf, 701kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Ndangwa Noyoo, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at the University of Johannesburg, discusses ways to provide recipients of the South African Child Grant programme with better economic opportunities in light of his experience of working with the South African government. Read the full brief “Creating Sustainable Parthways for Beneficiaries of the Child Support Grant (CSG) in South Africahere (pdf, 399kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Olabanji Akinola of the University of Guelph, Ontario, debates pros and cons of conditional cash transfers in Africa and gives recommendations on how to best capitalise on their potentials. Read the full brief “Conditional Cash Transfers in Africa: Limitations and Potentialshere (pdf, 409kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Anna Wolkenhauer of the University of Bremen, Germany, argues that the current turn towards social protection provides a window of opportunity for rehabilitating states’ role in social and economic development in Southern Africa, drawing on evidence from Zambia. Read the full brief “Can Social Protection Bring Developmental States Back to Afrcia? Findings from Zambiahere (pdf, 407kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

Patrick Chanda of the University of Zambia discusses his study of women domestic workers in Zambia and the impact that social protection programmes can have for them. Read the full brief “Social Protection as an Approach to Addressing Poverty Among Women Domestic Workers in Zambiahere (pdf, 399kb) or click on the thumbnail below.

ISCI Conference 2017 “Children in a World of Opportunities”

The Planning Committee of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) announces its 6th Conference “Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy and Practice” which will convene in Montreal, Canada on June 28-30, 2017.

This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and child advocates from around the world to share and discuss innovations in research methods and the latest research findings on child indicators as well as implications for policy and practice. You can find out more about the conference and contact the Planning Committee at Updated information on the program, travel and registration will be posted regularly.


Click here to visit the Website of the Event

ILO Lusaka looking for Feasibility Study Consultant – Extension Informal Workers

ILO Lusaka is looking for a consultant to conduct a Feasibility study on extension of Social Security coverage to smallholder farmers and casual agriculture workers in the informal economy in Zambia (Reference N°2016-1224204].

Please see relevant documents below and if interested contact ILO Lusaka at the contact points provided in the documents.



SASPEN Country Workshop Tanzania

Between the 16th and the 17th of August 2016, SASPEN in cooperation with HelpAge International Tanzania HAI, Policy Research for Development (REPOA), the Tanzania Social Protection Network (TSPN), the Insitute for Finance Management (IFM), the University of Dar-Es-Salaam School of Law (UDSoL) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Dar-Es-Salaam and Lusaka/Zambia hosted a Social Protection Country Workshop in the United Republic of Tanzania themed “International Frameworks and National Policies”.

Please find the programme and the Concept note of the Workshop if you click here.

Group picture of all participants

Group picture of all participants

Conference Presentations

Mr Daniel Kumitz, FES Zambia & SASPEN Coordinator: Scoping Social Protection: Definitions, Concepts and Policy Frameworks. Introduction into the Workshop POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Mr Joseph Mutashubilwa Manager Planning, Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA): Challenges Facing Social Protection in Tanzania and Plans for the Future, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Dr Simeon Mesaki, University Dar-Es-Salaam: Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities in Tanzania: Policies, Legislations and Frameworks, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here. 

Ms Jane Barrett, Director Organization & Representation, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO): Social Protection for Informal Workers: International Perspectives, POWERPOINT, click here. 

Ms Vicky Kanyoka, Regional Coordinator (Africa), International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF): Social Protection for Informal Workers in Tanzania, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Prof Evance Kalula, Director Confucius Institute and Director International Academics Programmes Office, University of Cape Town: Zambia on the Way to a Comprehensive Social Protection System, POWERPOINT in two parts (pdf), click here and here.

Ms Zubeda Chande, Institute for Finance Management (IFM): Towards a Transformative Social Protection System in Tanzania: Policy Reflections from South-Asian Countries, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Mr Amadeus Kamagenge, Director Programmes & Research, Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF): The Productive Social Safety Nets (PSSN) Programme, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Dr Flora Myamba, Policy Research for Development REPOA: Food Voucher Baseline Evaluation: The Impact of Cash Transfers on Women’s Empowerment, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here

Ms Vuyokazi Obakhe Futshane, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) Johannesburg, SADC BIG Campaign: Social Protection from a Human Rights Perspective. Implications for Policy Makers and Rights Holders, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Mr Salum Rashid Mohammed, Head of Social Protection Unit Zanzibar: Social Pensions in Zanzibar, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Prof Jeremy Seekings, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town: One Century of Social Pensions in Africa: From South Africa in the 1920s to Zanzibar Today, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here.

Mr Daniel Kumitz, FES Zambia & SASPEN Coordinator: The SASPEN Network – how to engage

Mr Asanterabi Sang’enoi, PMO Assistant Director Policy and Coordination, Prime Minister’s Office: The draft Social Protection Framework for Tanzania, POWERPOINT (pdf), click here. 

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DIE: The political economy of cash transfers

An analysis of the Cash Transfer experiences of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America by the German Development Institute (DIE) explores the political economy behind designing and building these systems.

This paper compares the consolidated experience of conditional cash transfers in Latin America with a variety of models of cash transfers in middle- and low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We review the recent literature with the aim to highlight the underlying political economy factors that have underpinned the emergence and scaling-up of various kinds of social protection strategies in the two regions. From this review, some implications and policy suggestions are drawn regarding the opportunities and challenges for cash transfers in the future.

To download the report, click here (pdf, 670 kb).

FAO: Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economy

comprehensive analysis by the Food and Agriculture Ogranization (FAO) deals with the impacts of Social Cash Tranfsers on the local economy in sub-Sahara Africa. The FAO research is part of the project “from Protection to Production” and is set in seven different countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Lesotho.

Our LEWIE analysis finds evidence of significant spillovers, resulting in SCT income multipliers that are considerably greater than one in most cases. Most spillovers accrue to non-beneficiary households. Integration with outside markets shifts impacts out of local economies, reducing local income multipliers. Local supply constraints may result in price inflation which creates a divergence of real from nominal income multipliers for beneficiaries as well as non-beneficiaries. The existence of income spillovers reveals that SCT programmes have local economy impacts beyond the treated households, which could yield large benefits for rural developments.

Download the whole report here (pdf, 1.2 Mb).

Cash transfers or safety nets? Seminar report

A seminar on the question whether cash transfers or safety nets are the more affordable and inclusive instruments, was organized by UNICEF Netherlands, the INCLUDE knowledge platform and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite the rise of social protection in developing countries, many question the cost-effectiveness and impact of social protection interventions. To discuss these concerns, INCLUDE and UNICEF co-hosted the seminar Cash transfer or safety net: which social protection programmes are affordable and inclusive? The participants concluded that social protection programmes can have an important impact on poverty alleviation and inclusive development, but only when properly aligned with other new or existing development policies.

To read the full report click here

FAO Infographic: Agriculture and Poverty

An FAO infographic lists the hard facts when it comes to agriculture and poverty to highlight what social protection and agriculture actually can do in order to combat povery appropriately.

Despite recent progress, still today 1 billion people are poor and around 800 million are hungry. Extreme poverty is concentrated in rural areas, and the rural poor largely rely on agriculture. In sub-Saharan Africa 66% of the income of poor small family farmers comes from agriculture.

To see the infographic click here (pdf, 1.6 MB).

ILO Lusaka: SP Extension to the Informal Economy

A recent “Lessons Learnt Paper” of the International Labour Organization (ILO)  presents Field Research in four areas of informal economy in Zambia:

This Paper gives some strategic options to extend social protection to workers in the informal economy in Zambia. It also gives an overview about the results of four field research studies on domestic workers, small scale farmers, saw mill workers and construction workers who are often excluded from any form of social protection.


ILO Social Protection in Zambia

Click here to read more about the paper, and click here to download the publication (pdf, 2.8 Mb).

Effective Cash Transfers Improve Child Wellbeing – Family for Every Child

A recent report by Family For Every Child argues that the design of Cash Transfer Programmes is a key determinant to improving children’s wellbeing in poor families. Their infographic below synthesizes their key findings:

Find the full report here

DPRU Webinar : Informal Labour Markets and Inclusive Economic Growth?

The Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) invites to their first Evidence and lessons from Latin America (ELLA) web-based seminar to complement the discussions in the Informality and Inclusive Growth Online Learning Alliance.

Date: 25 July 2016
Time: 14h00 GMT / 09h00 Colombia / 16h00 South Africa

Click here to open the Website with more information.

HSRC & EPD Seminar: Welfare System in South Africa

On July 26, the HSRC and the EPD host a discussion themed

What happens to policy when policy champions move on:

A Case Study of Welfare in South Africa (Social Assistance Programme)

click here to read the invitation.

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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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)

UNRISD-Seminar: The Graduation Approach to Social Protection

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) will have an Research-Related Activity on 27 Jun 2016 at the United Nations Office at Geneva:

This UNRISD Seminar will examine whether graduation, in the context of social protection schemes, is a viable way to help people move out of extreme poverty and develop productive, resilient and sustainable livelihoods, thus supporting states in meeting their obligations to rights holders.

click here the view more information at the UNRISD Website