The Blog in the Network – SASPEN INSIGHTS
The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) brings together stakeholders, activists and academics under the goal of promoting social protection in the SADC region and beyond. Its main structure is an interactive web portal which allows web based exchange and communication between participants. Our new blog SASPEN INSIGHTS features commentaries, debate contributions and essays by the SASPEN experts.
SASPEN INSIGHTS is an opinion blog hosted on the SASPEN website at saspen.org/blog which features essays on recent developments, underlying political currents and overarching frameworks on social protection by participants of the SASPEN network.
SASPEN INSIGHTS does not represent SASPEN or SASPEN’s opinion, but that of the respective authors only. As such, it is hoped to facilitate further exchange and debate among the network.
Call for Contributions
You can participate in the blog, as commenter and discussant, but even more so as featured blogger, and we very much hope that you will!
Terms of Reference
Blog features should pertain to the general working field of SASPEN according to the Terms of Reference, and particularly reflect views and reflections on:
- Politics of Social Protection
- Policy developments and actual implementation
- Insights and preliminary findings from original research.
While blog entries may be on general social protection issues, focus on the SADC region or countries within the region is encouraged.
We would like to invite all participants of the network to submit essays to SASPEN INSIGHTS. Blog features will be copy-edited by the Network Secretariat and only then may blog pieces be posted by the authors. To this end, the authors need to create usernames in their own, real and full name on saspen.org/blog (different from the login-platform saspen.org/network, thus creating a second login username). This requirement is meant to ensure opinions are registered as individual opinions and not as such of SASPEN. In fact, as we hope to facilitate debate, we fully expect divergent opinions. Blog features will be open to public debate by the blog’s commentary function (subject to moderation by SASPEN Secretariat) and authors are encouraged to continue the debate with commenters on the same forum.
Blog features published carry no remuneration. The features are published in full name and credit and by posting the authors accept the terms and conditions contained in the terms of reference and grant SASPEN permission to reproduce the blog postings and commentaries in print or other media under public domain unless revoked in writing to Network Secretariat.
Please contact Network Secretariat to submit features or discuss possible contributions.
The Blog SASPEN INSIGHTS was launched on May 22nd, 2014.