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

Zambia Cash Transfers: Continuous Rollout

At the Transfer Project Workshop in Addis Ababa, 6-8 April 2016, Director of Social Welfare of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare Zambia, Mr Stanfield Michelo, presented on the successive harmonization and progressive national rollout of the Zambian Social Cash Transfer Scheme. In his presentation he observed that by June … ———- Please continue reading

Ideas4development: Universal Provision More Effective than Targeting

In a new essay on the IDEAS 4 DEVELOPMENT blog, Stephen Kidd makes a fresh case that universal provision of social protection is more effective than poverty targeting. In his view, social protection provision is key in fighting inequality, funding a matter of political will and universal provision the best way to foster political will: … ———- 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

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

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

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

Social Protection in Informal Labour Markets

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently published a report on social protection in Latin Americas highly informal labour markets, a topic that is also quite relevant in the SADC-context. The annual SASPEN conference 2013 was themed: Social Protection for those … ———- Please continue reading

Development Initiatives: Getting Poverty to Zero

The new Development Initiatives report “Getting Poverty to Zero: Financing for Social Protection in Least Developed Countries” analyses social protection financing and coverage in LDCs and two key financing flows that can play a key role in financing social protection: domestic public finance and international public finance in the form of official development assistance … ———- Please continue reading

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 … ———- Please continue reading

Managing Social Security Funds during Hyperinflation – Report on the Zimbabwean Experience

Fiscal Space is a common concern with social protection systems. Managing and investing social security funds from social insurance schemes another. The latter becomes particularly difficult in countries with high inflation rates. If funds are not invested at return rates higher or equal to inflation, the funds progressively deteriorate which … ———- Please continue reading

EC Study on Social Protection in sub-Saharan Africa Published

The European Commission has finalized a comprehensive study on Social Protection in sub-Saharan Africa. The research team was led by SASPEN founding, Advisory Council and Steering Committee member Prof Marius Olivier, Director of the Institute for Social Law and Policy. Prof Olivier, Francis Andrianarison and Maria McLaughlin analyse on 144 … ———- Please continue reading