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

SADC-BIG Campaign: Social Protection promotes African Unity

In a recent Daily Maverick” op-ed, Nkateko Chauke, Coordinator of the SADC-BIG-Campaign explores the connection between Social Protection which can reduce inequality and combat poverty, and overall African unity. Social cash transfers in Malawi, Namibia and South Africa demonstrate how people may escape poverty and scale-up their livelihood. The SADC BIG Coalition (Basic Income Grant) shares a common … ———- Please continue reading

SSC Namibia: Harambee Prosperity Plan

In order to protect the elderly in Namibia and ensure their financial well-being in retirement, especially those who worked in informal employment, the Namibian government mandated the Social Security Commission (SCC) through the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish a National Pension Fund (NPF) which covers all fromer employees (find … ———- Please continue reading

UNDP IPC-IG third collection of one-pager series

The UNDP IPC-IG has published the third collection of its well-known one pager series. The volume includes pieces on Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Zambia, and dozens of others. In celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2014, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has produced another … ———- 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

CROPNET: Namibia poverty analysis on sub-national level

The recently published CROPNET Poverty Brief analyses poverty on a national and sub-national level and presents an overview of current patterns of, and recent changes in, headcount poverty in Namibia. It puts forward some policy recommendations for addressing the widening disparities in poverty headcount across the country. The brief argues that counter-measures are … ———- Please continue reading

Namibia: NEF lauds Namibia’s Social Protection

Tim Parkhouse, secretary general of the Namibia Employers’ Federation (NEF), has praised Namibia’s performance in terms of social protection. Speaking at the Namibia Social Protection Conference 2015 in Windhoek, Parkhouse said the government offers social benefits such as maternity, sick and death benefits, and orphan, disability and old age monthly pension … ———- Please continue reading

Namibia: 1st Social Protection Conference 7-9 July 2015

The 1st biannual Social Protection Conference hosted by the Social Security Commission (SSC) Namibia on July 7-9 in Windhoek, has been officially launched to the media. Please see the media statement here and the official conference website here. A number of speakers on the programme are members of the SASPEN … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection and Poverty Eradication in Namibia

On April 21, Hon. President Geingob expressed the significance of social protection in his State of the Nation Address. The President further linked poverty eradication to issues of general inequality, land reform, employment creation, overall economic policy and gender. The full speech can be found here. On 31 March 2015 … ———- Please continue reading

Namibia: Bishop Kameeta new Minister for Social Welfare

Namibia is in the process of establishing a full Social Protection Floor. This process has been underscored by the creation of a new line ministry and the appointment of one of the most prominent social protection advocates in Namibia as minister. The new Namibian President, Hon. Hage Geingob, has appointed … ———- 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

ILO and Government of Namibia launch Social Protection Floor Assessment Report

The International Labour Organisation and the Government of Namibia have launched the Social Protection Floor Assessment Report on August 21st at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek. The report sets out the socio-economic context and trajectory in Namibia, describes the components and performance of its social protection system (including its … ———- Please continue reading

Green Jobs in Namibia – Call for Proposals: MLSW – SSC – ILO

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Namibia in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and in partnership with the Development Fund of the Social Security Commission and the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia will undertake a socio-economic assessment of existing green jobs and potential job opportunities in the green … ———- Please continue reading