#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 www.isci2017.org. 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 poverty 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

conference 2016Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 – Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC

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

Download the call for submissions here. Find details for conference registration, abstract submission, possible sponsorship of conference costs and a copy of the call for submissions below. ———- Please continue reading

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: ———- Please continue reading

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

SADC-BIG Campaign: Social Protection promotes African Unity

In a recent Daily Maverick” op-ed, Nkateko Chauke, Coordinator of the SADC-BIG-Campaign explores the connection between Social Protection which can reduce inequality and combat poverty, and overall African unity. Social cash transfers in Malawi, Namibia and South Africa demonstrate how people may escape poverty and scale-up their livelihood.

The SADC BIG Coalition (Basic Income Grant) shares a common vision to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality in SADC and promote the rollout of social protection in the region in accordance with the SADC Social Charter. This will enable the continent’s poorest households to better meet their basic needs through providing everyone with a minimum level of income, thus affirming and supporting the inherent dignity for all.

Find the whole article here.

East Africa: Bill on rights for persons with disabilities

On June 2, the East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha (EALA), Tanzania, passed a bill dealing with the rights of person’s with disabilities (PWDs). It is a major step in the direction of full protection of PWDs and to improve the standart of living.

The purpose of this Bill is to:


to take appropriate and effective measures including policy, legislative, administrative and budgetary steps to ensure and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities;

to recognize that disability is not inability and providing special safety nets for PWDs;


to ensure and improve access to rehabilitation, education, training and community sports;


to guide, coordinate and harmonize interventions for People with Disabilities by Stakeholders.

Read the whole article here.

Lusaka Conference: Industrial Relations, Negotations & Collective Bargaining

Labour legislation is one of the biggest issues around the world. In order to tackle its challenges in Zambia, MD INK invites stakeholders who are working labour standards and laws to a conference on the 29th and 30th of June 2016.

While the employer has a fundamental right to run his business, his right has to be adjusted with the employee’s right to social justice. The former pertains to the realm of fundamental rights in our Constitution, the latter to the realm of the Directive Principles. The Ultimate aim is to have peace in industry so that production may increase and the national economy may grow.

Find the whole invitation  here (pdf, 1 MB).

SSC Namibia: Harambee Prosperity Plan

In order to protect the elderly in Namibia and ensure their financial well-being in retirement, especially those who worked in informal employment, the Namibian government mandated the Social Security Commission (SCC) through the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish a National Pension Fund (NPF) which covers all fromer employees (find a more comprehensive description here (pdf, 900 KB)).

The NPF is necessary to alleviate poverty, promote inclusivity and reduce inequality. In addition, the SSA also provides for the establishment of a National Medical Benefit Fund (NMBF) to provide essential medical benefits to Namibian workers.

The NPF is a part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (pdf, 1.4 MB) which is the current action plan of the Namibian government in order to combat poverty and gain social security.

The HARAMBEE PROSPERITY PLAN (HPP) is constructed around the Namibian narrative. It acknowledges that we are not starting afresh, but that we must continue with the construct of an inclusive Namibian House, built on a solid foundation of peace and stability. We are unifed by our national identity and stand united in Cause, to usher Namibia into the epoch of Prosperity

Impact of Uganda’s Citizens’ Grants

Update: The newspaper article is no longer online, but a longer report by the same Author on the same subject is available here (pdf).

Does a small amount of 7.5 $ per month have an impact on the life’s of elderly in Uganda? According to an article by Stephen Kidd in the Ugandan The Observer, “Uganda’s citizens’ Grants” have been a revolutionary initiative.

For example, despite many of the pension districts facing challenging economic circumstances in recent years, the poverty rate of households receiving the pension fell from 49% to 33% over a period of just two years while the proportion experiencing hunger reduced from 55% to 38%.

In order to read the whole article, click here.

FAO SOCPRO seeks a “Social Protection Policy and Programming Specialist”

The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) is looking for a “Social Policy And Programming Specialist” in order to assist the the FAO’s efforts to strengthening the coherence between agriculture and social protection in Lesotho.

The task for the specialist will be:

  • Providing technical support to the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) and its related programmes and programmes/policies in the agricultural sector, including the National Food Security Policy.

  • Assisting in the design, operationalization and monitoring of the emergency response to El Nino drought with national upscale of complementary agricultural and social protection interventions.

The deadline for the application is the 10th of June. Find more information if you click here.

India: Right-Based Approach to Rural Social Protection

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in India implements a rights-based approach to provide social protection and employment. The new approach is part of the public social protection scheme created to cover and provide employments and social security especially for those people who work in rural settings.

MGNREGA combines rights-based entitlements with demand-driven employment and citizen-centred planning and monitoring in its design. With regards to the central principles of R202, the innovative policy framework of MGNREGA pings nearly all of them: universality of protection, entitlement to benefits prescribed by national law, inclusion of informal economy workers, and respect for the rights and dignity of people covered by the scheme. Yet, despite the inclusion of these principles in formulating policy, the implementation process demonstrates the many challenges of realizing a rights-based approach.

Read more here.

Virtual Meeting: Gender Aspects of Social Protection

A virtual meeting on the 9th of June at 3pm (UTC +0) deals with gender aspects of Social Protection; organized by IPC-IG as part of the South-South experience exchange.

The aim is for social protection policy makers from Africa and Brazil to exchange experiences, best practices, challenges and recommendations on the gender aspects of social protection. The meeting will be conducted in English.

Follow this link to register.

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 inclusive growth in the developing world. However, many of these programmes are operating at a small scale, reaching only a limited number of beneficiaries. Strategies to expand, adapt and sustain successful pilot or small-scale programmes are thus necessary in the continuous process of poverty alleviation and development. This policy research brief provides an overview of the literature relating to the scale-up of cash transfer programmes and an examination of good practices and lessons learned from the process in three African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

The research paper is also available in French if you click here and in Portuguese if you click here. Read the english version here (pdf, 176 KB).

Lusaka SP Colloquium: Social Protection for Informal Workers

On May 12, 2016, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

the third 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Social Protection for Informal Workers

The Colloquium was officially opened by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security, Honourable Alfreda Kansembe, MP.

The Colloquium included presentations by
Prof Frances Lund, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO),
Mr Patrick Chabwe, Actuarial Liability Manager National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA),
Ms Marielle Phe Goursat, International Labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka,

and was facilitated by
Mr Lameck Kashiwa, General Secretary of the Alliance for Zambia Informal Economy Associations.

Download the meeting agenda here (pdf, 69 KB).

3rd 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium

3rd 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium

Prof Frances Lund, Special Advisor and former Director for Social Protection, Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO) provided the keynote presentation for this evening in which she elaborated the gender dimensions of informal work and social protection, presented the intricacies of providing social protection for informal employment, best practices and lessons from other countries as well as further linkages particularly in the health sector. Download her presentation here (pdf, 518 KB).

Mr Patrick Chabwe, Actuarial Liability Manager of the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) introduced into the NAPSA strategy to extend social security to the informal economy. Download his presentation here (pdf, 465 KB).

Ms Marielle Phe Goursat of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka presented “Lessons from Research with Zambian Domestic Workers, Small Scale Farmers ans Construction Workers”. Download her presentation here (pdf, 488 KB).

General Secretary Mr Lameck Kashiwa moderated the evening and facilitated the discussions.

A YouTube podcast of the keynote presentation can be watched below. If you’d like to go immediately to the keynote presentation, please see jump to time index 19:35.

The event was also featured on Zambia ZNBC radio:

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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 be attributed to a bias in rural development policies towards farmers who are already more established, and not at all to any intrinsically unsustainable aspect, or lack of potential, of smallholder and family farming.

To download the paper click here (English, pdf, 3.6 MB) or here (Portuguese, pdf, 183 KB). For background information click here (pdf, 180 KB).

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 features.

It maps and profiles 127 programmes from 39 African countries, organised in a user-friendly way, allowing for easy access to each programme and the corresponding references through hyperlinks.


The report stems from the project “Brazil & Africa: fighting the poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation“, supported by DFID and in cooperation with UNICEF, IPC-IG and socialprotection.org.

To download the whole publication click here (pdf, 2 MB).

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 generous feedback from many observers and covers an expanded number of countries with 52 indicators.

In June 2015 SASPEN together with PSP Zambia and FES hosted an international expert workshop dealing with social indices in the SADC context.

Read more here and download the entire Social Progress Index here (pdf, 4,5 MB).

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 also caution that in case of lacking human resources (social workers, programme staff) cash provision may have a negative impact. ———- Please continue reading