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Migration, Development and Social Welfare: Implications and New Insights – 10th-11th October 2017 – Third International Conference on 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
New Global Social Protection Web Plattform
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Consultancy Opportunity: Management and Governance Framework of SASPEN

SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) is a not-for-profit loose network of stakeholders, scholars and consultants who engage with social protection in the SADC region. SASPEN was founded in Johannesburg on May 15, 2012 and formerly registered on August 16, 2017 under the laws of Zambia. Its overall objective is to promote the fostering, expansion and improvement of social protection in SADC countries and engages in dissemination and sensitization by providing platforms for exchange regarding social protection programmes, frameworks, research and consultancies and by creating network structures to link participants with each other and to relevant institutions. Activities of the network include country workshops, international conferences, seminars, publications, joint research and dissemination of information.

Following the registration of SASPEN secretariat, SASPEN has the following structures, Advisory Panel, Guarantors/Trustees and Board of Directors comprised of eight (8) members.  SASPEN secretariat has since inception in 2012 to date been supported and hosted by FES Zambia and is therefore in a transition period to be independent. Suffice to mention that this therefore calls for the establishment of an independent SASPEN secretariat.

It is with this background that SASPEN is looking for an independent consultant to be engaged to draft terms of establishing, managing and governing framework for SASPEN in its transition period.

The Consultant will liaise with the FES Programme Manager, Vince Chipatuka vince.chipatuka@fes-zambia.org . The independent consultant is expected to conclude the task within 10 working days to be engaged in February-March period 2018. Please have a look at the “Terms of Reference Consultancy” to find out more about the objectives, deliverables and requirements.

Expression of interest; we kindly invite expressions of interest (EOI) including CV or company profile, demonstration of handling similar work and the tasks required, time-frame and budget to be submitted to vince.chipatuka@fes-zambia.org  or Michaela Msapenda procurement@fes-zambia.org by 23rd February, 2018 at 15:00 Hours.

Job Advertisement: SASPEN Network Coordinator

SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) is a not-for-profit loose network of stakeholders, scholars and consultants who engage with social protection in the SADC region. SASPEN was founded in Johannesburg on May 15, 2012 and formerly registered on August 16, 2017 under the laws of Zambia. Its overall objective is to promote the fostering, expansion and improvement of social protection in SADC countries and engages in dissemination and sensitization by providing platforms for exchange regarding social protection programmes, frameworks, research and consultancies and by creating network structures to link participants with each other and to relevant institutions. Activities of the network include country workshops, international conferences, seminars, publications, joint research and dissemination of information.
It is against this background that the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of SASPEN Network Coordinator based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Core Responsibilities:

  • To coordinate the work of network secretariat, Board of Trustees (Guarantors), Board of Directors and network members
  • To manage the administration and financial systems of the network secretariat
  • To strengthen the networking between stakeholders and partner institutions
  • To strengthen the network communication between stakeholders and partner institutions
  • To coordinate the implementation of SASPEN strategic plan and resource mobilization initiatives


  • Graduate studies certificate (Bachelors, Masters) in social sciences
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in the field of Social Protection or Social Policy. Working experience in the SADC region will be an added advantage
  • Experience of organizing international conferences and workshops – including organizing meetings and events
  • Experience of managing the production of different reports – including external managing communications such as websites, newsletters and social media
  • Demonstrate financial numeracy and experience of organizational financial systems – including budgets, basic accounts, spreadsheet and banking
  • Information Technology – including Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – working with a network and team player
  • Experience of fundraising and report on grants and project funding
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative with limited support
  • Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

To apply, please send motivation letter, curriculum vitae with 3 professional references and copies of certificates to: SASPEN C/O Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia Plot 5583 Great East Road, P.O. Box 30554, Lusaka or email: jobs@fes-zambia.org

Closing Date: February 26, 2018 – Only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

Rights-Based Social Protection: From Rhetoric to Action

56th UN Commission for Social Development Session, Side Event at the United Nations Headquarters, New York

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment, a member of the Society for Family and Social Protection, and the Africa Platform for Social Protection will be hosting a side event at the 56th UN Commission for Social Development session on 5 February 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The aim is to highlight the benefits of a rights-based approach in social protection as a sure way to eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG’s). Therefore, speakers from The Gambia, Nigeria, Zambia and Peru will inform the audience about Rights-Based Social Protection, the Policy and Legal Framework Developments and Implementation, how to achieve the SDGs through Rights-Based Social Protection and how to monitor Rights-Based Social Protection.

The side event will be moderated by Dr. Dr. Ify Ofong – Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment and Mr. Vince Chipatuka – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung as co-moderator and time keeper.

For further information, please have a look at the programme flyer.

Job Advertisement: Technical Officer on Social Protection Knowledge Management and TRANSFORM in Lusaka, Zambia

The job advertisement for a Technical Officer on Social Protection Knowledge Management and TRANSFORM is hosted by ILO and includes amongst others the following tasks: Support peer-to-peer learning, exchange and knowledge development across countries in the region in the areas of focus of the project, coordinate the TRANSFORM initiative in the region in line with the approved work plan and budget, Provide overall technical coordination and quality assurance for continuous improvement, development and adaptation of the TRANSFORM package and supervise the TRANSFORM regional support team.

Required Qualifications: Advanced university degree in the relevant field with demonstrated expertise on social protection issues. At least five years of relevant professional experience, including three years at the international level, with thematic emphasis on social protection.

While the successful candidate will be initially working in Lusaka, he/she may be assigned to any duty station designated by the Director-General of the ILO.

Duration of Appointment: One year

Application Deadline: 7th of February 2018

For further information please visit the ILO Website: https://erecruit.ilo.org/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.asp?jobinfo_uid_c=35924&vaclng=en

Job Advertisement: Individual Consultancy on Social Protection in Windhoek, Namibia

The job for an Individual Consultancy on Social Protection is advertised by UNICEF and includes the following tasks: Inception Report, Desk Analysis, Develop and coordinate drafting of National Social Protection Policy and Interlocking Tasks.

This assignment will require a national or regional consultant with a strong background in comprehensive social protection programming, experience with social welfare and assistance policy and programming, economics and poverty reduction programmes.

Required Qualification: Advanced university degree in social sciences, economics, public policy, international development or any related social science fields

Required Experience: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in drafting strategic social protection documents (in particular policies, strategies and plans), related policy reform processes or strategies, in designing social protection interventions, equity-focused research, analysis and evaluation of social protection programmes, including cash transfer programme, particularly in Africa.

This work is estimated to correspond as full time for a period of 10 months, with effect from January 2018 to 31 October 2018. The Consultant will be based at the MPESW Head Office in Windhoek, Namibia, and will be expected to conduct limited field travel within Namibia as part of stakeholder consultations for the development of the SP policy.

Please note: Applications should be submitted no later than 26th January 2018.

For further information, please visit the UNICEF Website: www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=509547

International MA in Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems

The Bonn Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Germany invites practitioners and professionals in the area of social protection to participate in one of the two programs listed below.

  1. International Master degree (MA) in Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems

Visit the university’s website to find more information about the programme and the application process. Applications are accepted until the 31st, March 2018.

Link: https://www.h-brs.de/en/analysis-and-design-social-protection-systems-ma


  1. Summer school at the Bonn Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

The university also invites graduates and practitioners as well as young professionals from relevant fields of study or discipline to a four-week summer school (two weeks online and one week on campus). Applicants can choose a specialization among the following:

  • Migration
  • Return to Work
  • Climate Change
  • Vulnerability
  • Health, and
  • Old Age
  • Social transfers

Application for summer school begins on the 1st, February. Visit the university’s website to find out more about the application process.

Link: https://www.h-brs.de/en/sv/adsps-short-courses


For further information please email to info@socialprotection.de

Our Deepest Condolences on the Passing of Dr. Mathias Nyenti


The SASPEN Board of Directors and the Secretariat are sad to note that we have recently lost a dear former member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Mathias Nyenti who passed away on 8th January, 2018. Dr. Nyenti was a committed member of SASPEN and played a significant role in the formation of SASPEN and in its incorporation. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Nyenti family and colleagues within SASPEN and the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Nyenti will be sadly missed for his enormous contribution to the Network and to Social Protection as a whole in the region.


A Happy New Year 2018 to all our Website Visitors and the SASPEN Network

The SASPEN Board of Directors and the Secretariat wish the entire Network and all our visitors to the website a happy and productive 2018. We are pleased to have you on board as we continue in our quest for enhanced Social Protection in the region.

Once again we have an exciting line up of activities for the year with the SASPEN International Annual Conference coming up in May 2018 and the Country Workshop in Mauritius planned for September 2018. We also continue to hold the Quarterly Social Protection Colloquium in Zambia and plan to establish similar Colloquia in other SADC Countries including Zimbabwe and Malawi. Also, following the incorporation of SASPEN in 2017, we will be working towards setting up a Stand-alone Secretariat which will include recruitment of the Network Coordinator.

Keep a look out on our website for exciting news, opportunities and all things Social Protection in our region.

Once again, a happy and productive 2018, from all of us!

Call for Applications TRANSFORM ToT Zambia October 16th-27th 2017

TRANSFORM is an innovative learning package on the administration of national social protection floors in Africa. The prime objective of TRANSFORM is to build critical thinking and capacities of policy makers and practitioners at national and decentralized level to improve the design, effectiveness and efficiency of social protection systems. TRANSFORM aims not only at imparting state-of-the-art knowledge that is appropriate for the challenges faced by countries in the region, but also to encourage learners to take leadership on the change and transformation of national defined social protection systems. Through adult learning facilitation methods TRANSFORM will help participants reflect on their individual and collective impact in future implementation of non-contributory social protection programs. TRANSFORM has been developed by African experts to respond to the specific challenges of building and managing social protection floors in Africa. It is an endeavor promoted by a group of bilateral and multilateral partners in response to a request by the African Union.

The TOT will be for a period of 10 days. The  selected candidates will be sponsored to participated in the learning event in Lusaka, Zambia from 16-27 October, 2017. The organizers will cover all travel to and from as well as living expenses for the duration of the event. However, the participants will have to arrange for their own travel and health insurance.

How to apply: Please complete application form and send it, together with an updated CV to: transform_socialprotection@ilo.org by 17th September, 2017.

For more information please check out the call, brochure and application form.

Untimely death of Professor Edwell Kaseke

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lusaka office and Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) Trustees, Board of Directors and Secretariat are deeply saddened over the death of Professor Edwell Kaseke.

Professor Edwell Kaseke was the Chair of Social Work in the School of Human and Community Development at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, as well as a member of the SASPEN Advisory Council, until his death on 24th August 2017.

SASPEN and the broader social protection community have lost an intellectual giant with an immeasurable passion for the continent and the improvement of the well-being of its people. Furthermore, SASPEN has lost a trusted colleague, a sincere and gentle friend, teacher, mentor and a wise humble giant, a person in whose life we could see God’s love and compassion.

To the surviving spouse and the children, we pray for God’s blessings and peace to be with family in a very special way in this difficult time. We thank you most sincerely for sharing Edwell with Us. The burial arrangement for the late Professor Edwell Kaseke will take place in his home country Zimbabwe.

SASPEN will miss him dearly.

 If you want to leave a message, you can get in touch with the SASPEN Secretariat at info@saspen.org or post a comment below.


The SASPEN Annual International Conference 2017 themed Inclusion, Integration and Transformation: Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in the SADC took place at Protea Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on May 3-4, 2017.

The following were the conference sub-themes:

  1. Social Protection Programmes for Persons with Disabilities;
  2. Mainstreaming Disability in Social Protection Policy; and
  3. Occupational Health and Safety, Employment Injury Insurance and Return to Work.

Altogether, 28 podium and 3 poster presentations were made. Overall, 17 countries were represented.

The conference was officially opened by Ms. Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, The World Bank Group. Three poster presentations opened the discussions up for the keynote speeches that set the scene for the rest of the conference. In total, 3 keynote speeches set the pace for the very interesting presentations and engaged discussions that characterized the event. Keynote addresses were given by:

Mr. Lefhoko Kesamang, Department of Social Affairs, African Union

Professor Marius Olivier, Institute for Social Law and Policy

Ms. Renata Nowak-Garmer, United Nations Development Programme and Regional Service Center Addis Ababa

The Conference was present on social media: Under #saspen2017 participants shared thoughts and comments live on Twitter, as the conference was underway

To access the presentations given during the conference, click on the presenter’s name.

Action Amos, Daniel Mont, Edmos Mtetwa, Gabrielle Kelly, Rachel Kachaje, Jonathan Tumwebaze, Lefhoko Kesamang, Marius Olivier, Mdemu and Mollel, Michelle Chimuka, Muya Mwyia, Overstone Kondowe, Pia Korpinen, Raquel Tebaldi, Renata Nowak, Richard Rori, SASPEN, Tumeliwa Mphepo.

Extended Deadline – FES Zambia Scoping Paper Consultant for its Continental Project on Social Protection

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Zambia with ITUC/ALRN; WIEGO & APSP – have extended the deadline for submission of technical proposals and accompanying documents for the scoping paper consultancy on the status of Rights Based Social Protection in Sub – Saharan Africa.

Deadliine for submission of documents is 21st June, 2017.

For more details, on the Offer and the Project, refer to the new Terms of Reference and Project concept note below:

TORs for Scoping Paper on Rights Based Social Protection in Sub Saharan Africa_New
Project Concept Note – Rights Based Social Protection

ECASSA and the ILO Adopt MoU operationalization plan

The International Labor Organisation (ILO) and the Eastern and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) have adopted an operationalization plan for a four-year collaboration with a view to offering a full range of technical advisory and capacity building services, as well as policy development and advocacy support to their respective members. The plan prioritises generation of data in the early stages of the project and promises greater prospects for synergies across the region and Social Security Education.

Access the full presentation here

FES Zambia is looking for a Scoping Paper Consultant for its Continental Project on Social Protection

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES) Zambia, in close collaboration with its social protection partners across Africa – ITUC/ALRN; WIEGO & APSP – is looking for a consultant to conduct a scoping exercise on the status of Rights Based Social Protection in Sub – Saharan Africa.

For more details, on the Project and the Offer, refer to the documents below:

Project Concept Note – Rights Based Social Protection

TORs for Scoping Paper on Rights Based Social Protection in Sub Saharan Africa




The SASPEN Annual International Conference 2017 themed Inclusion, Integration and Transformation: Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in the SADC took place at Protea Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on May 3-4, 2017.

Learn more about the 2017 conference presenters in this Handbook.

To download the full conference programme, click here.


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Association for the Disabled, in Mozambique, Bemoan Miserable state of Persons with Disabilities

The President of the youth Association for the Disabled, AJODEMO, Cantol Alexandre Pondja, says that despite the country having a good legal framework and policies targeted at persons with disability, there are still various areas of concern in relation to this social group. Pondja says that in the same manner there is a lack of means of mobility, the subsidies are little, and some of the orthopedic centers do not fulfill their role. In addition to these and other concerns, Cantol Alexandre Pondja reveals that the national television channels do not transmit in sign language, hindering, therefore, the right to information for people with disability.

Read full interview with Cantol Alexandre Pondja on pages 2 – 4 of the Newsletter here.

Adapting the Graduation Approach for People with Disabilities: Opportunities and Challenges

Fonkoze, Trickle Up, CGAP and PPAF will be hosting a webinar titled “Adapting the Graduation Approach for People with Disabilities” on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00-10:30 am EST.

The webinar will discuss Graduation adaptations for people with disabilities. Trickle Up, Fonkoze and PPAF have significant experience implementing Graduation programs with people with disabilities across different regions. The webinar will bring together these three organizations, each sharing: 1) Graduation project implementation experiences; 2) opportunities and challenges of working with this segment; 3) segmentation strategies in large national scale ups. The webinar will be moderated by CGAP.

Registration is available online here. Registrants should allow pop-ups from this website. Webex details are also included below.

For any issues accessing the webinar, please contact: Melissa Victor; mvictor1@worldbank.org  ———- Please continue reading

ISPA: Traning Opportunity in Resource Mobilisation

The institute for Social Policy in Africa (ISPA) is an international consulting company and Training Service Provider specialised in socioeconomic development as it applies to the African region. Established in South Africa in 2014, ISPA has a continental footprint and operates in Sub-Saharan Africa. ISPA has regional hubs in Rwanda, covering East and Central Africa, Ethiopia, covering the horn of Africa and South Africa covering the SADC region. The company has presence in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and South Africa. The ISPA team covers both Anglophone and Francophone Africa.

ISPA is delighted to bring to you a five day training workshop in Resource Mobilisation to be held in Kigali Rwanda from 29th May to 2nd June 2017. The training is of great significance to all resource mobilisation persons and management teams of institutions including government agencies, NGOs, Private sector, learning institutions and all other project implementing agencies. The training will attract participants from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa and will thus not only be an important learning exchange but networking opportunity.

Please follow the link below to download the brochure for further details on the training: http://www.instituteforsocialpolicyafrica.com/428223655

Pick a Conference Theme – Opportunity for Network Members

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Zambia have been organizing the SASPEN Annual International Conferences on Social Protection in the SADC on different topical issues. The Annual SASPEN Conferences have become much sought after events attracting participation beyond the continent. The conferences bring together stakeholders and experts for purposes of exchange and information sharing on social protection in the region and beyond.

As we prepare for the 2018 International Annual Conference, we would like to incorporate the voice of the members of the SASPEN Network, by giving you the opportunity to tell us what you would like us to discuss at the 2018 International Annual Conference.

Since our first conference in 2012, themed “Engendering Social Protection” we have had the  “Social Protection for Informal Economy Workers conference” (2013), “Social Protection for Migrants Conference” (2014), “Social Protection Sustainability Conference” (2015) and “Comprehensive Social Protection Conference” (2016). The theme for the 2017 conference is “Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities.”

This opportunity allows all network members to propose a possible theme for the 2018 SASPEN Annual Conference.

Share your thoughts in not more than 100 words giving a theme with a brief motivation for why we should discuss that particular theme. Submissions should be made before 27th April, 2017 to Vince Chipatuka, Programme Manager/ SASPEN Coordinator on email info@saspen.org  or  Vince.chipatuka@fes-zambia.org.

The 2018 SASPEN Annual conference theme shall be unveiled at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on 3 May 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Academy on Social Security – International Training Center of the ILO

The International Training Center of the ILO has just announced a range of ISSA Guidelines Training activities under the Academy on Social Security. The programs on offer include:

The Academy on Social Security offers a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package on the governance and financing, reform and extension of social protection systems. Participants will tailor-make their own two-week course by choosing from several elective courses, and will benefit from an innovative and dynamic learning environment.

To learn more about the academy, please click on the link below:


Call for Proposals – Putting children first: Identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa – 23 – 25 October 2017

The Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)Save the ChildrenUNICEF and Young Lives are hosting a three-day international conference with the aim of engaging policy makers, practitioners and researchers in identifying solutions for fighting child poverty and inequality in Africa, as well as inspiring action towards change. The conference offers a platform for bridging divides across sectors, disciplines, policy, practice and research.

The conference hosts invite proposals on the following themes:

  1. “Setting the scene: Who and where are the poor children?” This theme aims to provide insight into the plight of overlooked children, to strengthen data collection and measurement efforts to ensure that no child is overlooked in the future.
  2. “Child-sensitive social protection: Making social protection work for children”. This theme aims to promote a better understanding of how social protection can be improved to help children, including links to services and the adoption of more child-oriented approaches.
  3.  “Ensuring access to basic services for all: Reaching the poorest and most marginalised children”. This theme aims to gain insight into how access to services can be secured for the most excluded and marginalised, including views on how to remove specific barriers and involve a social workforce and community-based mechanisms.
  4.  “Supporting secure transitions to adulthood”. This theme aims to explore how the ‘youth bulge’ can be considered a ‘demographic dividend’ and how young people can be supported in the transition to adulthood with regard to education, work, family and aspirations.


For further guidelines on the submissions and other conference details view this PDF or visit their website here

Booklet: Social Protection in Africa. Overview for policy-makers

The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) in association with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have published a Booklet on Social Protection targeted at Policy makers. The Booklet was launched at the 12th Annual Meeting of African Academies of Science (AMASA), in Johannesburg in November 2016.

This booklet provides an overview of social protection in Africa, with a primary focus on non-contributory social protection, which includes cash and in-kind assistance and public works programmes. It highlights the key issues in social protection in Africa and provides several case studies to illustrate the diversity of programmes, which seek to address the overarching goal of reducing poverty and inequality.

To access the booklet follow this link: Social Protection in Africa. Overview for policy-makers

Call for Papers – ILERA WORLD CONGRESS 2018 – July 23 -27, 2018

The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) has released the Call for Papers for the 2018 ILERA World Congress themed “Employment for a Sustainable Society: What Is to Be Done?” The Congress will be held in Seoul from July 23 to 27, 2018 providing opportunities for the discussion of the latest issues in labor and employment.

The Call for Papers has been open since March 1, 2017. Interested candidates are encouraged to share their expertise by submitting their abstracts in the following six tracks:

  • Track 1: Collective Voices and Social Dialogue for a Better Future
  • Track 2: HRM Challenges and Responses for the Changing Workplace
  • Track 3: Labor Market Dualization and Institutional Responses
  • Track 4: Workforce Diversity, Labor Market Inequality and Social Integration
  • Track 5: Work and Employment Relations in Emerging Market Economies
  • Track 6: The Future of Work

For more detailed information regarding abstract submission, please visit: http://www.ilera2018.org.


SWAMMIWA Scoops the Drivers of Change Footprint Award 2017

The Swaziland Migrant Mine-workers Association (SWAMMIWA) has received renewed recognition, after winning the 2015 Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Award. SWAMMIWA walked away with the 2017 Drivers of Change Footprint Award for their telling contributions to the plight of Migrant workers in the region. SWAMMIWA’s agenda has been issues of labour migration, post-employment rights, health and social protection. High on the list of those interests was ensuring that Migrant Mine-workers received benefits, pensions and compensation for illness and injury, particularly tuberculosis, silicosis and HIV.

The Association, formed in 1993, works together with governments, unions, Civil Society Organisations, the private sector and politicians to ensure that the voices of the miners are heard and their rights respected. Primarily, they serve the interests of miners, ex-miners, their families and communities. The Association focuses on labour migration, post-employment rights, health and social protection. SASPEN congratulates SWAMMIWA on this award.

For a look at the special report on the award click here.

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 

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 https://www.conftool.net/saspen2017. 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 disability@saspen.org. 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 conference@saspen.org.


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

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: http://piketty.blog.lemonde.fr/2016/12/13/basic-income-or-fair-wage/

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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