Call for Proposals – Putting children first: Identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa – 23 – 25 October 2017

The Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Save the Children, UNICEF and Young Lives are hosting a three-day international conference with the aim of engaging policy makers, practitioners … ———- Please continue reading

Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC – International Conference 2016

Tweet Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC FES & SASPEN International Conference, 18-19 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa OPENING SPEECH by Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in Namibia, Hon. Bishop Emeritus Zephania Kameeta, MP: Social Justice, Solidarity and Development: The Role of Social … ———- Please continue reading

Botswana: Mineral Wealth, Social Transfers and Taxation

In a new paper in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, SASPEN Advisory Council member Dr Marianne Ulriksen examines the relationship between mineral wealth and redistribution in Botswana, analyzing social transfers and taxation. The first 50 people to access the article will be able to download the paper for free and … ———- Please continue reading

#SASPEN2016: Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 – Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC – International Conference

Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030: Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC FES & SASPEN International Conference, 18-19 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa   Click here for the conference programme. The SASPEN Annual conference 2016 was held under the theme “Comprehensive Social Protection” in the SADC, with three sub-themes, which were: Comprehensive Social Protection … ———- Please continue reading

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

FAO Infographic: Agriculture and Poverty

An FAO infographic lists the hard facts when it comes to agriculture and poverty to highlight what social protection and agriculture actually can do in order to combat poverty appropriately. Despite recent progress, still today 1 billion people are poor and around 800 million are hungry. Extreme poverty is concentrated in rural … ———- Please continue reading

ODI: Leaving no one behind project papers

The recent “Leaving no one behind” project of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published three working papers about including hard-to-reach population groups in social protection, namely Informal, Migrant and marginalized Women workers (all of which were also subject of previous SASPEN conferences). In the paper ‘Extending social insurance to informal workers: a … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Africa Poverty Report 2016 “Poverty in Rising Africa”

The World Bank Africa Poverty Report 2016 “Poverty in Rising Africa”, shows a decline of poverty rates but an increase of extreme poverty in absolute numbers in Africa. Poverty across the continent may be lower than what current estimates suggest, though the number of people living in extreme poverty has … ———- Please continue reading

ODI: Bringing Taxation in

A new ODI publication by Francesca Bastagli addresses how to bring taxation into social protection analysis and planning. The guidance note addresses the following questions:   What are the types of analyses that consider taxation and social protection jointly? How do I get started designing or commissioning a new study on the … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Diagnostic Tool: Agriculture and Social Protection Coherence

A new FAO disagnostic tool “Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection to Combat Poverty and Hunger in Africa” addresses the fundamental connection between social protection and people who depend on agriculture. It assists in identifying ways to strengthen the connection, as agriculture depending people are particularly exposed to the risk of poverty and food-insecurity. Agriculture and social … ———- Please continue reading

Ideas4development: Universal Provision More Effective than Targeting

In a new essay on the IDEAS 4 DEVELOPMENT blog, Stephen Kidd makes a fresh case that universal provision of social protection is more effective than poverty targeting. In his view, social protection provision is key in fighting inequality, funding a matter of political will and universal provision the best way to foster political will: … ———- Please continue reading

CSocD 54 Side-Event: Quest for Dignity

On February 8, 2016 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), the International Association School of Social Work (IASSW AIETS) and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) hosted a side event in at the 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development … ———- Please continue reading

TMO: 9th Poverty and Social Protection Conference 2016

The 9th Poverty and Social Protection Conference of the Tomorrow People Organization takes place on 9-11 March 2016 in Bangkok. . This conference will focus on issues of poverty and its eradication, social inequality, race relations and policy management and mismanagement with an international perspective. As poverty continues to be an … ———- Please continue reading

SDGs and Development Agenda 2030 feature Social Protection

The UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York has adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. Read some news stories here (AllAfrica), here (theguardian) and here (SABC). Social Protection is featured in SDG #1. #5 and #10: Goal 1. End poverty in … ———- Please continue reading

World Social Science Forum 2015

13-16 September the 3rd World Social Science Forum themed “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World” took place in Durban with over 1000 participants from 84 countries and 4 days programme filled with presentations. The WSSF was organized by the International Social Science Council together with the co-hosts – the … ———- 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

World Bank: Commission on Global Poverty

The Launch of the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty was announced in June 2015. Its goal is to report on the best ways to measure and monitor poverty around the world and help the World Bank Group achieve its twin goals and also track other forms of poverty and deprivation. … ———- Please continue reading

BRICS: Global Social Protection Forum for Food Security and Nutrition

The BRICS Global Forum on the Implementation of Social Protection Programmes for Food Security and Nutrition: Towards Partnership for Development took place on 10-11 September 2015 in Moscow. Participants came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Cabo Verde, Congo, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Syria, Tanzania, the Philippines and Ethiopia. The event … ———- 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

Social Protection for Indigenous Persons with Disabilities

In her latest comment on the platform Social Protection & Human Rights, Minerva Rivas Velarde highlights the need for social protection for indigenous persons with disabilities. Worldwide, the prevalence of disability tends to be higher within indigenous communities than among non-indigenous groups. This high prevalence of disability is both a … ———- 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

Development Initiatives: Getting Poverty to Zero

The new Development Initiatives report “Getting Poverty to Zero: Financing for Social Protection in Least Developed Countries” analyses social protection financing and coverage in LDCs and two key financing flows that can play a key role in financing social protection: domestic public finance and international public finance in the form of official development assistance … ———- Please continue reading

What about Resilience? New Blog by Luise Steinwachs on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In What about resilience? Luise Steinwachs probes into the increasingly popular concept of resilience. Does it empower the poor by helping them graduate poverty or burden them by shifting the responsibility for creating better livelihood onto them? “What about resilience? Lately, … ———- Please continue reading

Poor, poorest, poorer: Inequality is back! New blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new article has been published in the blog SASPEN Insights! In Poor, poorest, poorer: Inequality is Back!, Sophie Plagerson observes that the English translation of Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st century” has reawoken academic interest on inequality. However, Plagerson argues that this intereset has yet to reach the discussions … ———- Please continue reading