The SASPEN Annual International Conference 2017 themed Inclusion, Integration and Transformation: Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in the SADC took place at Protea Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on May 3-4, 2017. The following were the conference sub-themes: Social Protection Programmes for Persons with Disabilities; Mainstreaming Disability in Social Protection Policy; and … ———- Please continue reading

Thomas Piketty – Basic income or fair wage?

French economist Thomas Piketty, founder of the Paris School of Economics, and author of the best-selling book: ‘The capital in the 21st century’, discusses another topic of public debate in his latest blog entry titled “Basic Income or Fair wage?” He sees basic income as not turning the economy on … ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka SP Colloquium: Exploring the linkages: Strengthening coordination between Social Protection and Agriculture

Tweet On January 17, 2017, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the the first 2017 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Exploring the linkages: Strenghening coordination between Socail Protection and Agriculture” Welcome Remarks were given by Mr. Patrick K. Nshindano (PSP Zambia Board … ———- 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

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

Social Cash Transfers: Changing Lives of African Families

The Mail and Guardian invites to attend the Critical Thinking Forum on Social Cash transfers: Changing lives of African Families? held at The Capital Empire in Sandton, Johannesburg on November 15th 2016. The discussion will be based on the launch of the book: From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers 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

CfP: Comprehensive Social Protection – Annual SASPEN Conference

Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 – Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC International Conference 18-19 October 2016 SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) and FES (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) will be hosting a two day international conference on “Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC” in Johannesburg, on 18 and 19 October 2016. … ———- Please continue reading

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

SPI: Social Progress Index 2015

The Social Progress Imperative (SPI) launched the Social Progress Index of 2015. The Social Progress Index offers a rich framework for measuring the multiple dimensions of social progress, benchmarking success, and catalyzing greater human wellbeing. The 2015 version of the Social Progress Index has improved upon the 2014 version through … ———- Please continue reading

UN SR on the Rights of PWD end of mission in Zambia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms Catalina Davandas-Aguilar, keynote speaker at the recent SASPEN Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium, issued an end of mission statement upon conclusion of her mission to Zambia, 18th to 28 of April 2016. She points to successes being made in the country, and underlines main challenges. … ———- Please continue reading

Conference Pictures 2015 Sustainability Conference

Another 132 pictures can be found inside the SASPEN network platform.

Grupo de Canto e Dança Milorho Mozambique

Grupo de Canto e Dança Milorho Mozambique

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2015 Conference “Sustainability of Social Protection”

SASPEN and FES hosted a two day conference on Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space in Johannesburg, on October 20-21, 2015. 125 delegates from 28 countries (including Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United … ———- Please continue reading

Sustainability of Social Protection – International Conference 2015

Tweet Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space FES & SASPEN International Conference 20-21 October 2015, Protea Parktonian, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   Click here (pdf, 242kb) to see the full programme and here (pdf, 6.7mb) to download the conference handbook. Conference Presentations Dr Solomon … ———- Please continue reading

OECD: New Publications on Fiscal Sustainability and International Migration

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published two new publications relevant to SASPEN themes: ‘Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems’ focuses on institutional frameworks for financing health care in OECD countries. Read the publication here. ‘International Migration Outlook 2015’ analyses recent development in migration movements and policies in OECD … ———- Please continue reading

ODI blog: Funding crucial for SDGs and Social Protection

Paddy Carter, Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London (ODI), stresses the importance of financial support for low income countries in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Hopefully, economic growth will be a rising tide to lift many boats, but it will not lift all … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection Key in SDGs

With the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) about to be adopted at the UN Summit in New York starting tomorrow, Isabel Ortiz, head of the ILO’s Social Protection Department, explains why social protection is a key component of the new global development agenda: Tweet

3ie: Evidence Gap Maps on Productive Safety Nets

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has developed a new interactive and dynamic online platform which allows users to explore the evidence included in a particular evidence gap map (EGM), with links to user-friendly summaries of all studies. EGMs are thematic evidence collections covering a particular issue such as … ———- Please continue reading

Letlhokwa George Mpedi designate Dean of UJ Faculty of Law

SASPEN Advisory Council Member Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi becomes Dean at UJ Faculty of Law, starting 1 January 2016. As the Director at the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) at UJ, Prof Mpedi illustrated his passion to address inequality and social injustices in the developing … ———- Please continue reading

IDS: 10 Steps to build a National Social Protection System

In his last blog, SASPEN Advisory Council member Steven Devereux (IDS) lays out 10 easy steps how to build a national social protection system, drawing from the recent SASPEN workshop on social protection in Madagascar and the upcoming kick-off of the EU-OECD-THL project on Comprehensive Social Protection Systems (in which SASPEN countries Tanzania, Mozambique … ———- Please continue reading

ILO: Paper on Social Protection policy trends

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has published a working paper on Social Protection policy trends 2010-2015. The policy paper examines the International Monetary Fund (IMF) government spending projections for 181 countries, presents the main adjustment measures considered since 2010 and analyses divergent trends in social protection across regions, focusing on … ———- Please continue reading

Video podcasts: Emergence of Social Protection in the Global South

On 29-30 June 2014 in Hanoi  a workshop took place on “Institutional Reforms for Transformation, Inclusion and Sustainability”. The presentations of the panel “Emergence of Social Protection in the Global South” are now available as video podcasts, including a presentation on South Africa by SASPEN Advisory Council member Prof Frances Lund. Watch … ———- 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

New Promotional SASPEN logo

SASPEN has developed a set of promotional logos “Proudly part of the SASPEN network“. We encourage any individuals and institutions engaged with the network to display the logo on their websites and include it in publications related to social protection. This is meant to promote the network as exchange and information … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN-PSP-FES International Workshop: Social Indices in the SADC Context

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) together with The Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lusaka (FES) hosted an international expert workshop on June 10-11 at Chaminuka Lodge, Lusaka themed Social Indices in the SADC Context Measuring: Inequality – Monitoring Resource Distribution – Promoting Justice. Click here to … ———- Please continue reading

Pictures of Index Workshop 2015


Social Indices in the SADC Context
Measuring Inequality – Monitoring Resource Distribution – Promoting Justice
International Expert Workshop, 10-11 June 2015

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Francie Lund on lessons from and myths about Child Support Grant

SASPEN activist Francie Lund, Prof at the University KwaZulu-Natal and Research Director at WIEGO has shared with us her acceptance speech for the honorary Ph.D. at the Rhodes Institute. Francie Lund on myths vs. research around Cash Grants: Yet negative stereotypes and myths persist. You will have heard them. You may believe them. … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN to host Annual Conference on Sustainability

SASPEN and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia will host the 2015 annual SASPEN conference on October 20-21 in Johannesburg. This year’s conference is themed Sustainability of Social Protection, tentatively sub-themed with four tracks on “Political Commitment“, “Economic Returns“, “Fiscal Space” and “Productivity Gains“. A concept note and call for papers will be made … ———- Please continue reading

IDS Study on Financing Full Coverage Social Protection

The IDS/Uni Sussex has published a study on financing full coverage social protection in least developed countries. Key findings are: All countries in the world now have at least one example of a targeted social protection programme, but schemes aimed at the most vulnerable in LDCs are only reaching 20% … ———- Please continue reading

AUC STC Social Development, Labour & Employment: 1st Ordinary Session

April 20-24 in Addis Ababa the new Specialized Technical Committee for Social Development, Labour & Employment (STC SDLE) convened for its first ordinary session. The Ministerial meeting for Ministries of Social Development, Labour & Employment portfolios April 23-24 was preceded by an expert and social partners meeting April 20-22. SASPEN … ———- 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

LG Mpedi on the origins, development and future of SASPEN

At the occasion of the ILO-FES workshop on Employment Injury Protection, FES Zimbabwe invited partners to a reception and asked SASPEN Advisory Council Member Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi to present a keynote on the SASPEN network. Watch the speech here: In a brief, quite personal address, Prof Mpedi recollected the … ———- Please continue reading

Final Programme for Migration Conference

The final programme for the International Conference Social Protection for Migrants in the SADC: Prospects, Vulnerability and Benefits across Borders organized by SASPEN and FES in Johannesburg from 29-30 October, has been finalised and can be seen here (pdf, 176kb). The conference brings together key experts on migration within the … ———- Please continue reading