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

Social Protection Floor Index launched

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in cooperation with the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (mgsog at UNU-MERIT) has developed a Social Protection Floor Index (SPF-Index). The index measures the social-protection-floor-gap that exist at a country level and offers totally new approach to this specific theme for use by all stakeholders. It assesses the degree … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank Blog: Less Poverty in African Female Headed Households

On the World Bank’s ‘Let’s talk Development’-Blog Dominique van de Walle, Lead Economist in the World Bank‘s Gender and Development Group, scrutinizes the fact that poverty is falling faster in Africa’s female headed households and concludes that between economic opportunities and social protection the positive trend has not yet been properly explained: Perhaps poor … ———- Please continue reading

RSA Roundtable Social Protection for Informal Workers

A roundtable (pdf, 706kb) in the context of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) of South Africa on October 20, 2015, in Pretoria, discussed social protection for informal workers. As part of the roundtable, SASPEN AC member Stephen Devereux and Ina Conradie presented “Informal Work, Social Protection Gaps, and Policy Options” … ———- Please continue reading

Madagascar: New Social Protection Policy

The new Social Protection Policy of Madagascar has been validated by the government. Pillars of the policy are social services, social assistance and social security. According to the minister in charge, the objective is to reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty by 15%. Project funding remains one of the main issues … ———- Please continue reading

UNU-WIDER: Paper on Poverty Reduction and Social Development

The UNU-WIDER (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research) has published a working paper on ‘Needs vs Expediency – Poverty Reduction and Social Development in Post-Conflict Countries’. Conflict depletes all forms of human and social capital, as well as supporting institutions. The scale of the human damage can … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Workshop “Social Protection & Poverty Reduction” at ILERA World Congress 2015

September 7-11 the ILERA World Congress took place in Cape Town under the theme “The Changing World of Work: Implications for Labour and Employment Relations and Social Protection” with a full week’s programme concerning labour relations in six tracks, one of them social protection. At the Congress, SASPEN and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung … ———- Please continue reading

Ghana mainstreams PWD into National Social Protection

Ghana has mainstreamed issues of Persons with Disabilities into its National Social Protection Strategy and Poverty Reduction. This was reported at the three-day conference “Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the post-2015 Development Agenda” in New York. Read more here. Tweet

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

CSDA-FES Symposium on Social Protection

On Monday, March 9th 2015, the Centre for Social Development Africa at the University of Johannesburg and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia invited academics and practitioners in the field of social protection to a symposium entitled “The principles and practice of social protection: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of reductions in poverty and … ———- Please continue reading

“Inequality and the Need for Solidarity” – New Blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Social change through the lens of inequality: the need for solidarity Taku Fundira highlights the importance of transformative social policies for a reduction in inequality and poverty. He points out that compared to 30 years ago inequality has increased in … ———- Please continue reading

“If you aim for it, you might miss it” – New blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In “If you aim for it, you might miss it”: targeting poverty is not the best way to reduce poverty Sophie Plagerson argues that targeting social protection and cash transfers at the poorest is neither financially necessary, nor fair, nor likely … ———- Please continue reading