Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) Tools Training – 15-17 December, 2016

Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) Tools Training – 15-17 December, 2016 The Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) tools training was held from 15th- 17th December 2016. The training was meant to provide and share information on ISPA tools and their application in supporting social protection policy and programme reforms at … ———- Please continue reading

SPIREWORK Expert Meeting 12-14th December, 2016

The Social Protection Plan for the Informal and Rural Economy Workers  (SPIREWORK) expert meeting was held from 12th – 14th December 2016 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The objective of the meeting was to share findings of the study conducted on the role of cooperatives in providing social protection to rural workers. The workshop … ———- Please continue reading

FAO: Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economy

A comprehensive analysis by the Food and Agriculture Ogranization (FAO) deals with the impacts of Social Cash Tranfsers on the local economy in sub-Sahara Africa. The FAO research is part of the project “from Protection to Production” and is set in seven different countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Lesotho. Our LEWIE … ———- Please continue reading

UCT CSSR: Social Policy in the Global South

In a series of new working papers the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) of the University of Cape Town explores welfare reform and social policy in countries across the Global South, particularly Southern Africa and other African countries. The series includes following titles: Tweet

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

Transfer Project Workshop 2016

From April 6-8, 2016 the Transfer Project organized an international workshop for policy-makers, researchers and UN experts, national governments, research institutions and international organizations to discuss and promote the subject of government cash transfers in Africa and beyond. The 2016 workshop entered a new frontier for the Transfer Project, with the … ———- 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

Malawi Irish Ambassador Hails Cash Transfer Scheme

Irish Ambassador to Malawi Aine Hearns has commended the social cash transfer program being implemented in the country as important tool for improving the lives of vulnerable households. “Social Cash Transfer is money trickling down into the pockets of the most needy people in society and the programme is tackling … ———- Please continue reading

Malawi and Mozambique: School Feeding Programmes

A knowledge sharing workshop between Malawi and Mozambique was organized on May 12 to provide an opportunity for political and technical dialogue between the two countries with stakeholders from governments, civil society, FAO and WFP. The Mozambique and Malawi school feeding programmes are an initiative of the Brazilian government and the Food and Agriculture … ———- Please continue reading

Malawi Social Cash Transfer

The Nation (Malawi) features the Malawi Social Cash Transfer today. Director of social cash transfer scheme in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Esmie Kainja, has hailed the role the scheme has played in improving livelihoods of rural communities in the country. Kainja said the programme has played … ———- Please continue reading

Michael Samson: Social protection a force for development

In a recent interview following the National Dialogue on Social Protection organized by the Uganda National NGO Forum, Prof Michael Samson stressed the importance of cash transfers to enable vulnerable individuals to meet basic needs. Dr Samson, Director of Research at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) in Cape Town, … ———- Please continue reading

New publications: Transfer Project UNC

The Transfer Project of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has published a series of new research briefs and working papers: The broad range of cash transfer impacts in sub-Saharan Africa: Consumption, Human Capital and Productive Activity (Transfer Project Research Brief, November 2014) The Impact of Social Cash … ———- Please continue reading

Is Universal Basic Income Viable? – New blog post on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Universal Basic Income in Southern Africa – is it a viable alternative? Taku Fundira compares universal basic income grants in Southern Africa with targeted social cash transfers such as the Social Support Grant in Malawi. He argues that targeting has … ———- 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

News from Malawi: The Social Support Systems Strengthening Pilot (SSSSP)

The Social Support Systems Strengthening Pilot (SSSSP) is a Government initiative aimed at enhancing coordination and delivery of national social support services in Malawi. Social support services currently consist of Social Cash Transfers (SCT), Public Works (PW), School Meals, Village Savings and Loans (VSL) and Micro-finance. The pilot will aim … ———- 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