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. … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- 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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

FAO: Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economy

A 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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 poverty appropriately. Despite recent progress, still today 1 billion people are poor and around 800 million are hungry. Extreme poverty is concentrated in rural … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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: http://www.familyforeverychild.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Synthesis_Cash4Care_Infographic.png Find the full report here Tweet

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. The series includes following titles: Tweet

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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, … ———- Please continue reading

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, … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

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. … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

ODI: Bringing Taxation in

A new ODI publication by Francesca Bastagli addresses how to bring taxation into social protection analysis and planning. The guidance note addresses the following questions:   What are the types of analyses that consider taxation and social protection jointly? How do I get started designing or commissioning a new study on the … ———- Please continue reading

Transfer Project Workshop 2016

From April 6-8, 2016 the Transfer Project organized an international workshop for policy-makers, researchers and UN experts, national governments, research institutions and international organizations to discuss and promote the subject of government cash transfers in Africa and beyond. The 2016 workshop entered a new frontier for the Transfer Project, with the … ———- Please continue reading

IPC-IG: New “One Pagers” on Social Protection

Four new One Pagers” of the The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) deal with Social Protection. The first one is about the Grievance Mechanism (GM). The paper provides an insight into the topic and gives an overview about the stumbling blocks but also about the best practice. GM’s are … ———- Please continue reading

Kenya’s Single Registry: Webinar

A recent webinar hosted by socialprotection.org on Kenya’s “Single Registry for Social Protection” demonstrates how the tool improves social accountability. Kenya’s integrated registry was created in order to assist and help the social protection sector in planning and coordination and evaluates the four main cash transfer services of the country. To watch the webinar … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Diagnostic Tool: Agriculture and Social Protection Coherence

A new FAO disagnostic tool “Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection to Combat Poverty and Hunger in Africa” addresses the fundamental connection between social protection and people who depend on agriculture. It assists in identifying ways to strengthen the connection, as agriculture depending people are particularly exposed to the risk of poverty and food-insecurity. Agriculture and social … ———- Please continue reading

ILO: Assessment Based National Dialogue Tool to implement Social Protection Floors

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in cooperation with other UN agencies has launched a new instrument to support governments in the implementation of Social Protection Floors (SPF). In this, the “Assessment-based National Dialogue” (ABND) is the first step in the implementation of nationally defined SPFs. The tool is elaborated in Social protection assessment-based national … ———- Please continue reading

Report on the Rights of Migrants and Refugees in the EU

The European Parliament and Caritas Europe have published a the report “Migrants and Refugees Have Rights: Impact of EU Policies on Accessing Protection” (report, pdf 3mb). The report is a comprehensive summary of the European migration and asylum law, policy and practice, covering several aspects such as access to protection, humanitarian visas, and … ———- Please continue reading