SASPEN2017 CfP: Disability and Social Protection

2017 SASPEN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE INCLUSION, INTEGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION: SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SADC To read the Call for Abstracts and Concept Note in a pdf, click here (pdf, 404kb) We cordially invite you to attend the conference. Please register at https://www.conftool.net/saspen2017. Conference registration is limited … ———- 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: Pension Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa

The World Bank has launched a working paper on Pension Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report provides a initial stocktaking on topics like the characteristics, the environment and the performance of public and private pension systems. It further gives an overview about the challenges pension systems are facing and offers tools for solving challenges. Two major challenges noted … ———- Please continue reading

Markus Loewe on Sustainable Social Protection

Social protection policies prevent poverty, foster pro-poor growth and stabilize political orders. They also serve to reduce inequality. Markus Loewe of the German Development Institute discusses the history and basic concepts of welfare-state policies in an interview with the journal Development and Cooperation. Q: Why is social protection desirable ? … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Recommendation 204 adopted at ILC 2015

The International Labour Conference (ILC) has adopted the Recommendation 204, “Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy” with 484 votes. Read the ILO News Story here. Download the recommendation here (pdf). Informal economy is the rule, not the exception in Southern Africa, and in most cases this implies exclusion … ———- Please continue reading