ILO Lusaka looking for Feasibility Study Consultant – Extension Informal Workers

ILO Lusaka is looking for a consultant to conduct a Feasibility study on extension of Social Security coverage to smallholder farmers and casual agriculture workers in the informal economy in Zambia (Reference N°2016-1224204]. Please see relevant documents below and if interested contact ILO Lusaka at the contact points provided in the documents. wcms_515358 tors-on-introduction-of-levy-construction_30082016 … ———- Please continue reading

UNDG ESARO: Social Protection Issues Brief

The UN Development Group (UNDG) has published a Social Protection Issues Brief for Eastern and Southern Africa in collaboration with ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and WFP. The brief presents the main frameworks of Social Protection, addresses common challenges and describes a dozen case studies of African best practices (including Lesotho, Malawi, … ———- 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, … ———- Please continue reading

AU Conference: Financing Social Protection in Africa

On April 3, 2016 the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission hosted a meeting “Opportunities and challenges in financing social protection in Africa” in Addis Ababa. Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and international partners such as ILO, UNDP, ECA, UNICEF, EU, World Bank, WHO, … ———- Please continue reading

ILO: Assessment Based National Dialogue Tool to implement Social Protection Floors

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in cooperation with other UN agencies has launched a new instrument to support governments in the implementation of Social Protection Floors (SPF). In this, the “Assessment-based National Dialogue” (ABND) is the first step in the implementation of nationally defined SPFs. The tool is elaborated in Social protection assessment-based national … ———- 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

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

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

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 … ———- 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

ILO: coverage deficit of old age long term care provision

A new ILO working paper analyzes coverage deficits in the provision of old age long-term care in 46 countries. Due to the global demographic ageing, all countries are challenged by growing longterm care (LTC) needs for older persons. However, these needs are largely ignored and range very low on the … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection Key in SDGs

With the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) about to be adopted at the UN Summit in New York starting tomorrow, Isabel Ortiz, head of the ILO’s Social Protection Department, explains why social protection is a key component of the new global development agenda: Tweet

World Bank: Universal Access to Social Protection

In January, the World Bank Group together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced a mission and a plan of action towards universal access to social protection. Dr. Arup Banerji, the World Bank’s Senior Director for Social Protection and Labor, comments on the announcement and shares his thoughts on how universal … ———- Please continue reading

Zambia: Mobile Registration Campaign

The National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) and the Worker’s Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) are currently carrying out a mobile registration campaign to extend social security coverage to workers in the construction sector. The campaign is financially and technically supported by the ILO-led Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP). The comprehensive … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Zambia Call for Proposals: Review of Social Protection Legislation

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is looking for a consultant to conduct a Review of Social Protection Legislation and Regulations for Coverage of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Agricultural and Construction Sectors of Zambia. In Zambia, the agricultural sector is the largest sector in terms of employment of … ———- Please continue reading

ILO: Paper on Social Protection policy trends

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has published a working paper on Social Protection policy trends 2010-2015. The policy paper examines the International Monetary Fund (IMF) government spending projections for 181 countries, presents the main adjustment measures considered since 2010 and analyses divergent trends in social protection across regions, focusing on … ———- Please continue reading

Cichon: A Global Fund for Social Protection Floors

Michael Cichon, Professor of Social Protection at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance at the United Nations University and former Head of Social Protection at the ILO Geneva, lists eight reasons why a global fund for social protection is possible. 1) There already is a global consensus on social protection floors … ———- Please continue reading

“Strange Bedfellows”: Stephen Devereux on ILO-World Bank Initiative

Stephen Devereux of the Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, examines the new ILO-World Bank Initiative on Social Protection. The two agencies called on world leaders to promote universal social protection, which they define as “adequate cash transfers for all who need them, … ———- 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

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 … ———- Please continue reading

ILO & World Bank: Launch of Universal Social Protection Initiative

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have published a joint statement on the launch of the World Bank  and ILO Universal Social Protection Initiative, calling the attention of world leaders to the importance of universal social protection policies and financing. You can find the joint … ———- 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

ILO Recommendation 204 adopted at ILC 2015

The International Labour Conference (ILC) has adopted the Recommendation 204, “Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy” with 484 votes. Read the ILO News Story here. Download the recommendation here (pdf). Informal economy is the rule, not the exception in Southern Africa, and in most cases this implies exclusion … ———- Please continue reading

ILO on Social Protection for Mothers and Children

Two recent ILO publications deal with social protection for mothers and children. The Social protection for maternity: Key policy trends and statistics report shows that only 36 per cent of employed women are legally entitled to cash benefits during their maternity leave. In practice, however, maternity leave legislation is not implemented … ———- Please continue reading

ILO: Draft Conclusions on Social Protection Discussion for ILC

For the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, the ILO prepared a Report “Labour Protection in a transforming world of work”, in which labour protection is scrutinized in the fields of wage policies, working time, occupational health and safety and maternity protection and Draft conclusions concerning the recurrent discussion on social protection for … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Learning Event: Non-Contributory Social Protection

April 13th-16th 2015, the ILO together with Irish Aid, UNICEF and social partners organized a high level “Dialogue and Learning event” on “Institutionalizing and Administering Non Contributory National Social Protection Programmes” at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The discussions centred on how to find a learning system approach to exchange information … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Policy Paper: Social Protection for Older Persons

The ILO published a policy paper on social protection for older persons. It (i) provides a global overview of the organization of pension systems, their coverage and benefits, as well as public expenditures on social security, in 178 countries; (ii) analyses trends and recent policies, e.g. extension of coverage in a … ———- Please continue reading

Isabel Ortiz: Bringing Inequality back into the Development Agenda

The ILO Head of the Social Protection Department, Isabel Ortiz, has made a strong plea to bring inequality back into the development agenda. The extreme inequality in the world poses issues of human rights abuse, lack of social justice, political instability, security risks, and also of stunted economic growth. This, … ———- Please continue reading

FES publishes Civil Society Guide to National Social Protection Floors

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin has together with its partners in the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors developed and published a “Civil Society Guide to National Social Protection Floors” to assist Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations in social protection floor advocacy. Writes ILO Director for Social Protection, Isabel Ortiz An important … ———- Please continue reading