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: Social Protection Programmes for Persons with Disabilities; Mainstreaming Disability in Social Protection Policy; and … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

CfP: Comprehensive Social Protection – Annual SASPEN Conference

Agenda 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. … ———- Please continue reading

7th Citizens Continental Conference in Kigali

In the course of this years African Union summit in Kigali, the 7th Citizens Continental Conference takes place between the 7th and the 9th of July 2016. The 7th Citizens Continental Conference was organized  by the civil society organization Center for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union (CCPAU) and others. … ———- Please continue reading

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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Sustainability of Social Protection – International Conference 2015

Tweet Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space FES & SASPEN International Conference 20-21 October 2015, Protea Parktonian, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   Click here (pdf, 242kb) to see the full programme and here (pdf, 6.7mb) to download the conference handbook. Conference Presentations Dr Solomon … ———- Please continue reading

UNRISD: Delivering Social Protection Systems

Francesca Bastagli, Head of Social Protection at Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics (LSE), has pubslished an article on Delivering Social Protection Systems. Bastagli focuses on the links between social protection and taxation … ———- 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 … ———- Please continue reading

TMO: 9th Poverty and Social Protection Conference 2016

The 9th Poverty and Social Protection Conference of the Tomorrow People Organization takes place on 9-11 March 2016 in Bangkok. . This conference will focus on issues of poverty and its eradication, social inequality, race relations and policy management and mismanagement with an international perspective. As poverty continues to be an … ———- Please continue reading

Financing of Development Agenda 2030

On 25 September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How the agenda’s implementation will be financed was discussed in advance at the UN Financing for Development (FfD) Conference in Addis Ababa in July resulting in the ‘Addis Ababa Action … ———- Please continue reading

ODI blog: Funding crucial for SDGs and Social Protection

Paddy Carter, Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London (ODI), stresses the importance of financial support for low income countries in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Hopefully, economic growth will be a rising tide to lift many boats, but it will not lift all … ———- 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: Economic 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 … ———- Please continue reading

Namibia: NEF lauds Namibia’s Social Protection

Tim Parkhouse, secretary general of the Namibia Employers’ Federation (NEF), has praised Namibia’s performance in terms of social protection. Speaking at the Namibia Social Protection Conference 2015 in Windhoek, Parkhouse said the government offers social benefits such as maternity, sick and death benefits, and orphan, disability and old age monthly pension … ———- Please continue reading

Namibia: 1st Social Protection Conference 7-9 July 2015

The 1st biannual Social Protection Conference hosted by the Social Security Commission (SSC) Namibia on July 7-9 in Windhoek, has been officially launched to the media. Please see the media statement here and the official conference website here. A number of speakers on the programme are members of the SASPEN … ———- Please continue reading

International Seminar on Social Protection, Dakar, April 8 & 9

In Dakar Social Protection Specialists from African Countries and Brazil came together in a 2 day “International Seminar on Social Protection” on April 8 & 9. This conference was in preparation of the upcoming African Union 1st Ordinary Session of the new Specialized Technical Committee on Social Development, Labour and … ———- Please continue reading

Call for Abstracts: 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators at the University of Cape Town, 2-4 September 2015, is looking for abstracts with a final deadline of March 31. The Conference will be held in the Kramer Law Building, University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child … ———- Please continue reading

Informal Workers in Africa Conference Report

The Trade Union Council (TUC) Ghana and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Accra hosted a conference on informal workers in (West) Africa from 6 to 8 March, 2015. Several SADC countries were represented, including Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as Streetnet International and Women in the Informal Economy: … ———- Please continue reading

ISLSSL World Congress in Cape Town 15-18 Sept. 2015 – Call for Abstracts

This year the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) will host the World Congress for the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) in Cape Town on 15-18 September 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Abstracts can be submitted until 15 March, and should address … ———- Please continue reading

Report of the APSP Annual Delegates Conference

The Report of the Africa Platform for Social Protection Annual Delegates Conference which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 26 November 2014, is now available. The Conference was convened under the theme “Enhancing Grassroots Participation in Social Protection” and was attended by participants from 24 countries. One of … ———- Please continue reading

Conference Materials of the Social Protection for Children Conference in Addis Ababa

On 27-28 October 2014 the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) held a conference in Addis Ababa entitled ‘Social Protection in Africa: Making it Work for Children’. It was attended by 350 representatives from governments, the African Union, United Nations organisations, civil society groups, academic and research institutes, and international partners. … ———- Please continue reading

PASGR – IDS Conference on Social Protection in Africa 12-13 Nov in Nairobi

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies – University of Nairobi is holding a conference on Social Protection in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12-13, 2014. The focus of the conference is evidence-based knowledge and experience in select topics … ———- Please continue reading

Leila Patel on the development of South Africa’s welfare policies

Adopted in 1997, the South African White Paper for Social Welfare was one of the early policy initiatives of the post-apartheid government led former president Nelson Mandela and set the framework for social welfare policy in post-apartheid South Africa. In her key note address to the conference Social Innovation and … ———- Please continue reading

International Conference “Social Protection for Migrants in SADC”

On 29-30 October SASPEN and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) hosted a two-day international conference titled Social Protection for Migrants in the SADC: Prospects, Vulnerability and Benefits across Borders at Protea Parktonian in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Attended by over 100 participants from all over Southern Africa and many other countries in Africa … ———- Please continue reading

Pictures of Migration Conference

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

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Call for Abstracts and Papers – International Conference on Social Protection in Arusha

From 15th to 17th December 2014 the International Conference on Social Protection “Building Effective and Sustainable Systems for Equitable Growth: Perspectives, Policies and Best Practices”, which will be held in Arusha (Tanzania). The meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Finance of Tanzania, with support from UNICEF, ILO and … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection for Migrants – International SASPEN-FES Conference

October 29-30 SASPEN and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will host another topical conference with participation of highest level speakers at continental level. After gender in 2012 and informal workers in 2013, in 2014 we are happy to invite to an international conference in Johannesburg themed: Social Protection for Migrants in the SADC: … ———- Please continue reading

6th International Policy Conference on the African Child in Addis Ababa

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is organising a two-day conference on 27-28 October, taking place in Addis Ababa. The conference is entitled Social Protection in Africa: Making it Work for Children and aims at strengthening political will, government commitment and partnership for social protection programmes that contribute towards improved … ———- Please continue reading

PEGNet Conference 2014 in Lusaka

On the 18th and 19th of September the PEGNet Conference 2014, entitled “Employment strategies in the Developing World – How to create sufficient, productive and decent jobs” will take place in Lusaka, Zambia.  Tweet

Pictures of Conference “Social Protection for those Working Informally”

On September 16-17, 2013, stakeholders, activists, government representatives and experts from 21 countries convened at Birchwood Hotel and O R Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa to debate the extension of social protection to the informal economy. A comprehensive report is forthcoming; here are pictures for a first impression of a lively and productive two days. ———- Please continue reading

Press Release International Conference “Social Protection for those Working Informally”

SASPEN and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung have issued a joint press release on the upcoming conference and official launch of SASPEN. Press-Release_SASPEN_FES_Informal-Economy-and-Social-Protection-Conference_16-17-Sept-2013 Tweet

Conference Programme “Social Protection in the Informal Economy”

The tentative programme of the upcoming International Conference has been finalised: Conference Programme (pdf, 156kb) We are very proud to announce a high level key note address by the Director for Social Affairs of the African Union, Ambassador Olawale I. Maiyegun. Tweet

Register for Social Protection for Informal Workers Conference

The network secretariat is now taking registrations for the conference titled “Social Protection for those working informally. Social and Income (In)Security in the Informal Economy” on September 16-17 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Please register your participation in the conference as soon as possible as space is limited. Email Network Secretariat … ———- Please continue reading