Zambia Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

In April 2016 Zambia had the privilege to be visited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, as one of the countries chosen for her annual visits and assessments on the status of disability rights. The subsequent Zambia country report … ———- 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

ILO working paper: Right to Social Security and Right to Food

A new ILO working paper “Realising the Right to Social Security and the Right to Food” by SASPEN AC member Prof Stephen Devereux examines how National Social Protection Floors can be a contribution to social security and the right of adequate food for all. The paper particularly reflects experience of Ethiopia and India. In the … ———- Please continue reading

UN Report on Disability Barriers to Social Protection Systems

Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, has highlighted the need for states to make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities, rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty. In her report, the Special … ———- Please continue reading

IPU handbook “Migration, Human Rights and Governance”

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commission (OHCHR) have published  handbook for parliamentarians No. 24, “Migration, Human Rights and Governance”. This handbook provides a step-by-step overview of the conditions, issues, tools and policy responses regarding international migration that … ———- Please continue reading

EU Social Protection Systems Programme launched

Today the Finnish Cooperation THL, the EU and the OECD launch the new EU Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS) in Paris. The programme’s goal is to support partner countries in building sustainable social protection systems that are nationally-owned. 10 developing countries are members (among them SASPEN countries Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania and … ———- Please continue reading

Child-Focused versus Child-Sensitive Social Protection

A new expert commentary of Social Protection and Human Rights discusses the question how a child-sensitive approach differ from a child-focused approach to social protection? Few people would disagree that children need protection and support, and that they should receive priority in policy interventions, including social protection. These beliefs are underpinned by the 1989 Convention … ———- Please continue reading

IDS: 10 Steps to build a National Social Protection System

In his last blog, SASPEN Advisory Council member Steven Devereux (IDS) lays out 10 easy steps how to build a national social protection system, drawing from the recent SASPEN workshop on social protection in Madagascar and the upcoming kick-off of the EU-OECD-THL project on Comprehensive Social Protection Systems (in which SASPEN countries Tanzania, Mozambique … ———- Please continue reading

UNDP: Food Security and Nutrition for All

Paloma Durán, Director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has stressed the importance of  food security as a basic human right and what measures are being taken in order to achieve it. In the fight against hunger, we need to create food systems that offer … ———- Please continue reading

Six UN Bodies Launch Platform for Rights-Based Social Protection

The new Social Protection and Human Rights Platform has been launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), the United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR), the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Research Institute for Social … ———- Please continue reading

UN-HCHR: Call for submissions: The right of persons with disabilities to social protection

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, is currently preparing a study to be presented at the 70th session of the General Assembly, in October 2015, on the right of persons with disabilities to social protection. The Special Rapporteur welcomes inputs, in accessible formats, in … ———- Please continue reading

Can human rights be delivered progressively? New Blog Post on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Does progressive realisation impact on the human rights approach to social protection? Taku Fundira discusses the pros and cons of progressive approaches to social protection coverage. While gradually scaling up from basic coverage for the most vulnerable towards more broad-based … ———- Please continue reading