SASPEN News

On our homepage we post any news with relevance for Social Protection in the SADC region. Much of this news is generated by organisations and individuals active in the SASPEN network. As such, our webpage is both a news & information hub and a bulletin board for the network and its participants.

On this page you will find any postings that have to do with original SASPEN activities, such as SASPEN workshops, publications and developments.



INCLUSION, INTEGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION: SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SADC – SASPEN Annual Conference 2017

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.

INCLUSION, INTEGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION: SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SADC – SASPEN Annual Conference 2017

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.

 

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.

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

 

SASPEN2017 CfP: Disability and Social Protection

2017 SASPEN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

INCLUSION, INTEGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION:
SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SADC

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.

FULL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND REGISTRATION

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

Vince is New SASPEN Coordinator

Vince Chipatuka was announced as interim Coordinator of SASPEN, taking over from Daniel Kumitz on October 19 2016. Vince, who has been an instrumental member of the SASPEN Steering Committee, is a logical pick to facilitate a seamless transition as the Network continues on its exciting trajectory. He also brings with him a wealth of expertise in the field of Social Protection and vast experience with stakeholder management. Vince will head the Network Secretariat, hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in Zambia, whose responsibilities include:

  1. The day to day operations and co-ordination of network programmes and activities such as Steering Committees (SC) meetings, Advisory Council (AC) meetings and workshops and conferences in liaison with SC
  2. Answering information and technical queries of members of the public and/or participants of the Network;
  3. Maintaining the Network website and updating it with information submitted to the Network Secretariat; and
  4. Disseminating information and content of the Network and of Network activities through the website, social media and publications;

The announcement was made during the 2016 Annual Conference where participants joined in to give a heartfelt send off to Daniel Kumitz (See video below), who joins UNICEF Zambia as Social Policy Specialist.

Vince can be reached through email: info@saspen.org or can be reached at:

FES Zambia Office

5583 Great East Road

P.O. Box 30554

Tel: +260 211 295615/6

        +260 968 701314

Fax: +260 211 293557

Kalundu, Lusaka

Mobile: +260 977 536692

Join us in welcoming Vince in his new portfolio as he steers the SASPEN team forward!

#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

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.

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. 

Find pictures below ———- Please continue reading

CfP: Comprehensive Social Protection – Annual SASPEN Conference

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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

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:

Find the pictures of the event below: ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka Colloquium: Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities

On April 25, 2016, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

the second 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities”

Zambia’s Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare , Hon. Emerine Kabanshi, MP,
Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
Mr Kennedy Mumba of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare
Mr Alick Nyirenda of the CBR Zambia Support Programme Livingstone, and
Ms Pia Korpinen of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and
Mr Hamanyanga Miyoba, of the Zambia Institute for Special Education as moderator for the evening.

Download the meeting agenda here (pdf, 70 KB).

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium 25 April 2016

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium 25 April 2016

The Hon. Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare, Emerine Kabanshi, MP, gave the opening speech about “The National Policy on Disability”. Download her speech here (pdf, 893 KB).

Ms. Catalina Davandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in her keynote laid out the current situation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In an overview of her 2015 Report to the UN Assembly she offered high level analytical conclusions and summarized the global situation of the right to social protection of persons with disability on the ground. Download her Report here (pdf, 454 KB). A video podcast of the speech will be forthcoming.

Mr. Kennedy Mumba of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare, presented the content of the National Policy on Disability. Download his presentation here (pdf, 788 KB).

Mr. Alick Nyirenda of the CRB Zambia Support Programme Livingstone presented a civil society perspective and elaborated how civil society organizations can strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities. He gave an overview of work done at community level to improve mobilization, utilisation, capacity strengthening and community competencies in disability work, as well as mainstreaming disability rights in all sectors. Download his presentation here (pdf, 3 MB).

Ms. Pia Korpinen of the International Labour Organization analyzed the “National Policy on Disability” and the “National Social Protection Policy” which led to the following discussion. Download her presentation here (pdf, 129 KB).

Mr. Hamanyanga Miyoba of the Zambia Institute of Special Education moderated the evening and facilitated the discussion.

Please see more pictures below. ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka Colloquium: The Role of Civil Society in Social Protection Policy

On February 24, 2016, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

the first 2016 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “The Role of Civil Society in Social Protection Policy

with presentations by
Zambia’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Fackson Shamenda, MP,
Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director of the Africa Platform for Social Protection Nairobi and SASPEN Advisory Council member,
Mr. Uhuru Dempers of the Basic Income Grant Coalition in Namibia, and
Ms. Kufekisa M. Laugery of the Senior Citizens Association Zambia
Mr. Anthony Dumingu, Director Social Security in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

at the Protea Arcades Hotel. Download the meeting agenda here (pdf).

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The Hon. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Fackson Shamenda, MP, gave an opening-speech about “Civil Society’s Role in Democracy in Zambia”.

Mr. Anthony Dumingu, Director Social Security in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, presented the current Social Protection System and Extension in Zambia and its challenges. He continued with possible reform option regarding the pensions and the benefits of the reforms. Download the presentation here (476 KB).

Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director Africa Platform for Social Protection, presented the Keynote of the event, The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Development and Implementation of Social Protection Policies”. Dr Nhongo is a member of the SASPEN Advisory Council, Executive Director of the Africa Platform for Social Protection and has been engaged with social protection in Africa for decades. He was part of the Livingstone process that led to the African Union Social Policy Framework (adopted in Windhoek in 2008), worked with HelpAge International and today oversees the work of civil society platforms lobbying social protection in more than 30 African countries. In his presentation shared his continental perspective on the benefits of strong civil society engagement with social protection policy making and implementation, presented best practices as well as challenges and made a case for more and equitable inclusion of civil society in the processes. Download the the presentation here (548 KB).

Mr. Uhuru Dempers of the Basic Income Grant Coalition in Namibia presented the current situation of “Social Protection in Namibia – Civil Society Perspective”. He shortly introduced the current Social Protection Regime, what basic Income Grant can provide for lessons and the possibility for roll out, and took a quick view into the future. Download the presentation here (2,12 MB).

Ms. Kufekisa M. Laugery of the Senior Citizens Association Zambia presented the current situation of Civil Society and Social Protection in Zambia.

The Zambian National Broadcasting Company Radio aired a 16.25 minute feature on the event, documented in following audio-clip (15 MB).

Please see the pictures of the event below . ———- Please continue reading

Sustainability Conference in IPC-IG Newsletter

The UNDP IPC-IG has covered the SASPEN Conference on Sustainable Development in their newsletter issue 46, October 2015:

 

Sustainability of Social Protection

The fourth annual Southern Africa Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) Conference “Sustainability of Social Protection: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space” took place on 20-21 October in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference sought to address questions such as: how does social protection interact with economic growth? What makes social protection systems sustainable? It brought together national governments, social partners, academics, the private sector, social security institutions, civil society, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), international organisations and development partners.

Rodrigo Orair, Researcher at Brazil’s Ipea and seconded Researcher to the IPC-IG and Mario Gyoeri, IPC-IG Researcher led a Poster Session on Sustainable Cash Transfers. Mr Orair and Mr Gyoeri also delivered Keynote Addresses on “How Brazil has cut its Inequality Through Fiscal Policy: Redistributive Role of Social Protection, Main Trends and Challenges for Fiscal Sustainability” and on south-south learning, introducing socialprotection.org.

Conference Pictures 2015 Sustainability Conference

Another 132 pictures can be found inside the SASPEN network platform.

Grupo de Canto e Dança Milorho Mozambique

Grupo de Canto e Dança Milorho Mozambique

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2015 Conference “Sustainability of Social Protection”

SASPEN and FES hosted a two day conference on Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space in Johannesburg, on October 20-21, 2015.

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125 delegates from 28 countries (including Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA) attended 27 presentations, including eight keynote presentations and case studies from over 8 different SADC and other African countries. ———- Please continue reading

4th SASPEN Annual General Meeting

The annual SASPEN conference also hosted the 4th Annual General Meeting of SASPEN attended by 100 participants of the network. The meeting was hosted by SASPEN Advisory Council Member and Director of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), Ms Isobel Frye. In his keynote address, Mr Mario Györi of the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), Brasilia, presented the new global social protection web platform socialprotection.org which indeed includes most features we also have in SASPEN and many more. It became very apparent that there are great synergies at work here and SASPEN welcomes the global drive for better networking and appropriate tools to do so.

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SASPEN Network Coordinator Mr Daniel Kumitz of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) presented on the network developmemts in its fourth year. See the presentation here (pdf).

Pictures of the meeting can be seen inside the SASPEN login platform here.

Book Launch: International Instruments of Social Protection

On Oct 20, at the occasion of the annual SASPEN conference, a new milestone publication in two volumes, edited by the Centre for International & Comparative Labour and Social Security Law, CICLASS at the University of Johannesburg and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia and authored by Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi and Dr Mathias Ashu Tako Nyenti, was launched with a festive toast.

The two volumes are:

Letlhokwa George Mpedi (Prof), Mathias Ashu Tako Nyenti (Dr): Key International, Regional and National Instruments Regulating Social Security in the SADC. A General Perspective

Letlhokwa George Mpedi (Prof), Mathias Ashu Tako Nyenti (Dr): Key International, Regional and National Instruments Regulating Social Security in the SADC. A General Perspective

Letlhokwa George Mpedi (Prof), Mathias Ashu Tako Nyenti (Dr) (eds): Compendium of Key International, Regional and Sub-regional Social Security Instruments

Letlhokwa George Mpedi (Prof), Mathias Ashu Tako Nyenti (Dr) (eds): Compendium of Key International, Regional and Sub-regional Social Security Instruments

Download the books as ebooks here: volume 1 (pdf, 5.8mb), volume 2 (pdf, 7.1mb) ———- Please continue reading

Sustainability Conference Programme

The upcoming fourth annual SASPEN Conference themed on “Sustainability of Social Protection: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space” on October 20-21 in Johannesburg will be graced by seven keynote addresses by speakers from ILO, FAO PtoP, UNDP IPC-IG, the CSSR at UCT, the Wits School of Governance and the Institute of Social Law and Policy. Kindly peruse the conference programme here (pdf, 240kb).

20 presentations and 7 posters by 30 presenters from fourteen countries promise a significant transnational and comprehensive event over the course of 2 days, including the SASPEN Annual General Meeting in the evening of the 20th. We look forward to seeing you there!

SASPEN Workshop “Social Protection & Poverty Reduction” at ILERA World Congress 2015

September 7-11 the ILERA World Congress took place in Cape Town under the theme “The Changing World of Work: Implications for Labour and Employment Relations and Social Protection” with a full week’s programme concerning labour relations in six tracks, one of them social protection.

At the Congress, SASPEN and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted a special workshop titled

“Social Protection & Poverty Reduction: Aligning Policy Fields”

to discuss: Is social protection the primary way to address poverty, or is the objective of social protection to address income insecurity of the poor and non-poor alike? Can these two objectives be achieved within a coherent social protection framework at the same time? ———- Please continue reading

Letlhokwa George Mpedi designate Dean of UJ Faculty of Law

SASPEN Advisory Council Member Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi becomes Dean at UJ Faculty of Law, starting 1 January 2016.

As the Director at the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) at UJ, Prof Mpedi illustrated his passion to address inequality and social injustices in the developing world.

Read the article here.

SASPEN Workshop in Madagascar

On August 18-19, 2015, the Malagasy Ministry for Population, Social Protection and the Promotion of Women (MPPSPF), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES Antananarivo and FES Lusaka) and SASPEN hosted a two day International Experts Workshop on Social Protection. ———- Please continue reading

Call for Contributions: Sustainability of Social Protection Oct 20-21 Johannesburg

Deadline for Abstracts extended until September 22.

International Conference Oct 20-21, 2015
Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC:
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conomic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space

SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) and FES (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) will be hosting a two day international conference on “Sustainability of Social Protection” in Johannesburg, on 20 and 21 October 2015. The conference will be organized around four themes:

  1. Macroeconomic Returns of Social Protection Investment
  2. Productivity Gains from Social Protection
  3. Political Sustainability of Social Protection Systems
  4. Fiscal Space and Funding of Social Protection Programmes

You can download the full concept note and call here (pdf, 100kb). ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Brief – Patrick Taran: Extending Social Security to Migrants

In the first ever SASPEN brief 1/2015, Patrick Taran of Global Migration Policy Associates Geneva elaborates a roadmap for “Extending Social Security to Migrants in Southern Africa”. Read the brief here (pdf, 410kb).

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The SASPEN brief is a series of research and policy briefs published by the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network. SASPEN briefs document original research by SASPEN contributors, such as presentations made to SASPEN conferences, and are published in full name of the author(s). SASPEN briefs are no longer than 4 pages and elaborate on focused issues. Views expressed in SASPEN briefs are entirely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect common opinion within the SASPEN network. If you wish to contribute a SASPEN brief, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium: Social Protection, Labour Law and Decent Work

On July 15, 2015, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

2nd 2015 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Social Protection, Labour Law and Decent Work”

with presentations by
Zambia’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Fackson Shamenda, MP,
Ms Milensu Kapaipi of the International Labour Organisation Lusaka,
Mr Ngosa Chisupa, Lecturer at the University of Lusaka,
and the President of ILERA and Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town, Prof Evance Kalula

at the Raddison Blu Hotel Lusaka. Download the meeting agenda here.

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The Honourable Minister of Labour and Social Security, Fackson Shamenda, MP, presented the current comprehensive labour law reform process in Zambia.

ILO National Programme Officer Ms Milensu Kapaipi, presented the new ILO Recommendation 204 “Formalizing the Informal Economy” and its implications for Decent Work in Zambia and the Green Jobs Programme. Download the presentation here (pdf, 89kb).

Mr Ngosa Chisupa, lecturer at the University of Lusaka, independent consultant, former Permanent Secretary and Presidential Advisor and author of recent monographs on Zambia, presented on current Social Protection Developments in Zambia. Download the presentation here (pdf, 201kb).

Professor Evance Kalula, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town and President of the International Labour and Employments Relations Agency, ILERA, is one of the outstanding scholars in social law in Africa and has extensively reviewed the Zambian labour law to lay the groundwork for the current labour law reform process in Zambia. As an international expert and Zambian himself, in his presentation he combined both global perspective and domestic understanding of the issue and how labour law and social protection play together in Zambia’s decent work prospects. Download the presentation here (pdf, 154kb).

The Zambian National Broadcasting Company Radio aired a 21 minute feature on the event, listen to following audio-clip.

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New Promotional SASPEN logo

SASPEN has developed a set of promotional logos “Proudly part of the SASPEN network“. We encourage any individuals and institutions engaged with the network to display the logo on their websites and include it in publications related to social protection. This is meant to promote the network as exchange and information hub, and to add SASPEN’s own visibility and outreach to your own work. Use of the logo comes at no restrictions as long as it is used in contexts of social protection. ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium: Progressive Social Policy and its Implementation

On June 25, 2015, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the

1st 2015 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Progressive Social Policy and its Implementation”

with presentations by
Former Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, Prof Herta Däubler-Gmelin
and former Second Lady of Zambia, Dr Charlotte Harland Scott

at the Raddison Blu Hotel Lusaka. Download the meeting agenda here.

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1st 2015 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium

Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin, former Federal Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany and member of the German parliament (Bundestag) from 1972 to 2009 presented on the particular challenges and requirements of successful implementation of political agendas in policy programmes, legislation and reform. In her speech she drew from vast experience in the German parliament and as minister, especially her leadership in the overhaul of the entire German Civil Code, and offered reflections on the respective situation in African countries.

Dr Charlotte Harland Scott has been engaged with social policy in Zambia for decades and influenced much of the current social protection agenda. She has a range of perspectives on a range of social policy issues, as former Second Lady of Zambia, former Chief of Social Policy and Economic Analysis at UNICEF Zambia, and as an adviser in several Government ministries. In her presentation, she reflected on the ongoing Zambian social policy implementation and its evolution with a view of particular opportunities and threats of the process.

The Zambian National Broadcasting Company Radio aired a 30 minute feature on the event on July 1, listen to following audio-clip.

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SASPEN-PSP-FES International Workshop: Social Indices in the SADC Context

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) together with The Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lusaka (FES) hosted an international expert workshop on June 10-11 at Chaminuka Lodge, Lusaka themed

Social Indices in the SADC Context
Measuring: Inequality – Monitoring Resource Distribution – Promoting Justice.

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Click here to see the full programme.

The workshop brought together experts and stakeholders from throughout the region for exchange about various social indices used in the region to evaluate social policies and monitor the livelihood situation of populations and social development of countries. Among the indices presented were the UNECA Africa Social Development Index, the Work on a Global Protection Floor Index, the Global Age Watch Index and various regional and national indices.

Click here to see all presentations.

Click here to see all pictures of the workshop.

Pictures of Index Workshop 2015

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Measuring Inequality – Monitoring Resource Distribution – Promoting Justice
International Expert Workshop, 10-11 June 2015

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Happy 3rd Birthday SASPEN

Happy Birthday SASPEN!

SASPEN enters its fourth year of existence after being founded in Johannesburg on May 15, 2012 and being officially launched on September 16, 2013. The network reaches 407 people in over 30 countries, of whom the 150th has affiliated with SASPEN just a few days ago. SASPEN has a growing stock of publications, workshops, trainings, conferences and experts from all walks of life. The opinion blog SASPEN INSIGHTS has so far posted 18 essays with visibility even beyond Africa.

So many reasons for congratulatory Birthday messages posted below. If you would like to add your own message, please contact info@saspen.org.

Marianne S Ulriksen, Centre for Social Development Africa (CSDA) and member of the SASPEN Steering Committee:

Entering its fourth year of existence, SASPEN is coming out of its toddler years. The toddler years can be defined as a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development. Like a toddler, SASPEN has taken great steps, achieved many new milestones and just grown and grown. Unlike a toddler, however, this has been achieved without many tumbles, cries of frustration and hysterical stamping on the floor. As a member of the Steering Committee, I am proud of how far we have come and how we have achieved this by way of earnest and sometimes heated debate, but always reaching consensus and being committed to the agreed course. Happy Birthday SASPEN!

Ngosa Chisupa, University of Lusaka and member of SASPEN Advisory Council:

SASPEN has opened new frontiers of knowledge in social security research and networking during the 4 years of its existence. I am proud to be associated with SASPEN as a member of the Advisory Council. Happy Birthday SASPEN!

Daniel Kumitz, SASPEN Coordinator at the Network Secretariat (which is hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia):

At the recent meeting of the labour and social development ministries of the African Union in Addis Ababa, something occured to me when discussing the opportunities and advantages of SASPEN with representatives of other African regions. I realized, that indeed all the expertise African countries need in establishing and expanding social protection systems is here. Right here, on our African continent. Be it overall social policy design, organization of comprehensive social security systems, implementation of new cash transfer projects, integrated information management, fiscal space and funding, resources, social security reform, health care provision, strong belief in solidarity and social justice, appreciation of the informal economy and tools how to harness and integrate it, research and policy capacity, evidence and statistical data – you name it. All is found within Africa and at outstanding quality. You don’t believe me? Challenge us to prove it by posting queries with info@saspen.org!

If you do believe me, you may wonder with me, how come African states consistently employ the expertise and knowledge of international consultants from other continents. Why do many governments look to external donor-funding? Why do international cooperating partners define the social protection agenda in some countries? There are probably a myriad of reasons for this having to do with complex political economy issues, political will and path dependencies. One reason among the others is fragmentation and lack of visibility. And that is where SASPEN comes in. All the expertise, knowledge and capacity is there. SASPEN facilitates the search for it. Wherever you find it with and within SASPEN, you will need to look no further. Happy Birthday SASPEN!

SASPEN to host Annual Conference on Sustainability

SASPEN and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia will host the 2015 annual SASPEN conference on October 20-21 in Johannesburg. This year’s conference is themed Sustainability of Social Protection, tentatively sub-themed with four tracks on “Political Commitment“, “Economic Returns“, “Fiscal Space” and “Productivity Gains“.

A concept note and call for papers will be made available by end of June. Early expressions of interest to collaborate in the conference organisation and/or to contribute materials from research, policy making or implementation can be sent to the SASPEN Secretariat at info@saspen.org.

Pictures of Migration Conference

The order of the 51 pictures follows the conference programme (pdf).

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Pictures of Third Annual General Meeting

Pictures from the 3rd Annual General Meeting of SASPEN on October 29, 2014, in Johannesburg.

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Third SASPEN Annual General Meeting

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network SASPEN held its third annual general meeting on 29 October in Johannesburg. After a joint reflection on the strengths and opportunities of the network, SASPEN coordinator Mr Daniel Kumitz presented the report on the development and activities of the network in its third year. He highlighted the nature of SASPEN as a lose, non-membership based alliance with seven functions:

  1. Dissemination Network/Platform
  2. Interaction/Cooperation Platform
  3. Policy Discussion Forum
  4. Research Exchange Forum
  5. Capacity Building of Aspiring Experts
  6. Brand for Social Protection Dialogue
  7. Gateway to experts/expertise

He further demonstrated the opportunities of joining the network through the web-based platforms and engaging with SASPEN activities and using it to disseminate information, publications, job offers and advocate.

The full report can be downloaded here (pdf, 1MB).

After more plenary discussion, the meeting ended with Mozambican dance and fruitful socialising.

Pictures of the Meeting

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