FES Zambia is looking for a Scoping Paper Consultant for its Continental Project on Social Protection

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES) Zambia, in close collaboration with its social protection partners across Africa – ITUC/ALRN; WIEGO & APSP – is looking for a consultant to conduct a scoping exercise on the status of Rights Based Social Protection in Sub – Saharan Africa. For more details, on the Project and … ———- Please continue reading

ISPA: Traning Opportunity in Resource Mobilisation

The institute for Social Policy in Africa (ISPA) is an international consulting company and Training Service Provider specialised in socioeconomic development as it applies to the African region. Established in South Africa in 2014, ISPA has a continental footprint and operates in Sub-Saharan Africa. ISPA has regional hubs in Rwanda, … ———- Please continue reading

Call for Proposals – Putting children first: Identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa – 23 – 25 October 2017

The Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Save the Children, UNICEF and Young Lives are hosting a three-day international conference with the aim of engaging policy makers, practitioners … ———- 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

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 … ———- 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

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

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

PASGR research, scholarship and training opportunities

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya, that seeks to increase the capacity of African academic institutions and researchers to produce research that can inform social policy and governance. It seeks to do this through a research programme on social … ———- Please continue reading

2016 Yale Young African Scholars: Application Available Now2016 Yale Young African Scholars: Application Available Now

The 2016 Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is now open for application. YYAS brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and helps prepare them for the demanding application process of attending university in the United States. YYAS is an official program of Yale University that … ———- Please continue reading

APSP Annual Delegates Conference Report

The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) has published a comprehensive report of its 2015 Annual Delegates Conference that was held in Rwanda from 22nd-24th October 2015. Please access the report here (pdf, 972kb). The report features presentations on the African Union Agenda 2063, Child-Sensitive Social Protection, Social Protection and … ———- Please continue reading

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. 125 delegates from 28 countries (including Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United … ———- Please continue reading

allAfrica: Facts On Social Protection and Safety Nets

allAfrica has published a list of 15 key facts on the link between social protection, hunger, nutrition and climate change adaptation in Africa. Social protection policies and programmes play a critical role in reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition and the World Food Programme (WFP) supports nutrition- and climate-sensitive social protection … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Safety Nets in Urban Areas

Ugo Gentilini, who worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently submitted a blog post about safety nets in urban areas at World Bank Blogs on the subject of Social Protection. Cities are magnets of opportunity: they offer better standards of living than rural areas, and will soon house 75% of the global economy. But when … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Pension Patterns in SSA

A new world bank study authored by Mark Dorfman analyzes pension patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pension patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa (English) This report provides an initial stocktaking of the characteristics, environment and performance of public and private pensions and elderly assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. It identifies key challenges and … ———- Please continue reading

Nigeria: Two Blog Essays on Social Protection in Africa

Africa Must Improve Its Welfare Services Most African countries lack a coherent welfare state structure, and only a privileged minority benefit from the provisions of a welfare state in those countries where one actually exists. The high exclusion of everyday Africans from state benefits is a common practice. Continue reading … ———- Please continue reading

Report of 2014 PASGR-IDS Social Protection Conference Nairobi

The report of the 2014 1st Biennial Social Protection Conference organized in Nairobi by PASGR and the IDS has been published. You can access the report here. In related news, PASGR has been building up a social protection research-policy community in Kenya. PASGR, in collaboration with Knowledge Platform on Inclusive … ———- Please continue reading

Olivier: Social Protection in Africa and China

On May 22-23, 2015, SASPEN Advisory Council member, Prof Evance Kalula, hosted an Africa-China-Colloquium themed “China-Africa: Evolving Sino-African Relations” in Cape Town. It was co-organized by the UCT Confucius Institute, UCT Centre for African Studies and the Institute for African Alternatives. SASPEN Steering Committee member Prof Marius Olivier presented on … ———- Please continue reading

CSP (IDS) Final Report “Where next for Social Protection?”

Last year the Centre for Social Protection conducted a series of activities, including a literature review, key informant interviews, an online discussion (which prominently featured SASPEN), and two forecasting workshops at IDS, all addressing the research question: ‘Where next for social protection?’ The final report has just been published and … ———- Please continue reading