#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. 

The Conference was officially opened by Hon Bishop Emeritus Zephania Kameeta, Namibian Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. In his opening speech he outlined the importance of social protection to eradicating poverty, overcoming inequalities and empowering people.

A total of 4 keynote speeches led the path into very interesting presentations and engaged discussions.

Keynote addresses were given by:

Dr Johnny Strijdom, AU, AUC: AU Agenda 2063 and upcoming legal and policy instruments to realize the Rights of Citizens to Social Protection (pdf, 721kb),

Francie Lund & Laura Alfers, WIEGO, Towards a Comprehensive Social Protection for Informal Workers (pdf, 1,9mb),

Raquel Tebaldi, UNDP/IPC-IG, Gender-sensitive social protection systems in Brazil and Africa: opportunities for South-South cooperation (pdf, 574kb)

Luis Frota, ILO DWT Pretoria, Experience of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa for Universal coverage (pdf, 2,8mb).

The Conference was present on social media: Under #saspen2016 participants shared thoughts and comments live on Twitter, as the conference was underway.

Click here to access the presentations and speeches given during the conference, as well as pictures from the conference!

 

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