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

Call for Papers – ILERA WORLD CONGRESS 2018 – July 23 -27, 2018

The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) has released the Call for Papers for the 2018 ILERA World Congress themed “Employment for a Sustainable Society: What Is to Be Done?” The Congress will be held in Seoul from July 23 to 27, 2018 providing opportunities for the discussion of … ———- Please continue reading

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

ILO Lusaka: SP Extension to the Informal Economy

A recent “Lessons Learnt Paper” of the International Labour Organization (ILO)  presents Field Research in four areas of informal economy in Zambia: This Paper gives some strategic options to extend social protection to workers in the informal economy in Zambia. It also gives an overview about the results of four … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Briefs: Social Protection for Migrants

In SASPEN brief 2/2015 to 5/2015, four presenters from the 2014 SASPEN conference on Social Protection for Migrants explore crucial angles. Sally Peberdy of Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Johannesburg discusses social protection for “…informal sector cross border traders”. Read the brief here (pdf, 382kb). Rodreck Mupedziswa, Professor of Social Work, at … ———- 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

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

WIEGO Child Care Initiative Strategic Workshop

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) held a Initiative Strategic Workshop on June 21 – June 23, 2015, in Durban. The goal of the workshop was to determine the future direction of WIEGO’s Child Care Initiative. Through this initiative WIEGO hopes to raise the visibility of childcare as … ———- 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

WIEGO Network Platform on Formalizing the Informal Economy

In 2013 SASPEN hosted an international conference on providing social protection for informal workers. WIEGO has developed a network platform together with more than 100 partners to advocate the formalization of the informal economy, including the extension of social security to informal workers. For more information visit the Website or go … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Zambia: How to Formalize Informal Economy for Social Protection

At the launch of the ILO, Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Workmen’s Compensation Fund Control Board joint project of extending social protection to the informal workers in the construction sector under the “Green Jobs” Programme of the United Nations and the Government of the Republic of Zambia, ILO Chief Technical Advisor for … ———- Please continue reading

Third APSP Newsletter

The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) has published its third newsletter, in which the prospect of delivering social protection to the informal economy is a leading issue, which was also discussed at a SASPEN conference September last year. Download the newsletter here (pdf, 1.4mb). In the second APSP newsletter … ———- Please continue reading

Pictures Malawi Workshop

Pictures from the Workshop “Social Protection in Malawi. International Frameworks and National Policies”, November 12-14, 2013, in Lilongwe Malawi. ———- Please continue reading

International Social Protection Workshop in Malawi

On November 12-14, 2013, in Lilongwe, Malawi stakeholders from the Malawi government, trade unions and employers, political parties, civil society, the United Nations and international cooperating partners convened for a SASPEN workshop on social protection – international frameworks and national policies – which was jointly organized with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung … ———- Please continue reading

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