INCLUSION, INTEGRATION AND TRANSFORMATION: SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SADC – SASPEN Annual Conference 2017

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

Extended Deadline – FES Zambia Scoping Paper Consultant for its Continental Project on Social Protection

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Zambia with ITUC/ALRN; WIEGO & APSP – have extended the deadline for submission of technical proposals and accompanying documents for the scoping paper consultancy on the status of Rights Based Social Protection in Sub – Saharan Africa. Deadliine for submission of documents is 21st June, … ———- Please continue reading

FES Zambia is looking for a Scoping Paper Consultant for its Continental Project on Social Protection

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES) Zambia, in close collaboration with its social protection partners across Africa – ITUC/ALRN; WIEGO & APSP – is looking for a consultant to conduct a scoping exercise on the status of Rights Based Social Protection in Sub – Saharan Africa. For more details, on the Project and … ———- Please continue reading

Academy on Social Security – International Training Center of the ILO

The International Training Center of the ILO has just announced a range of ISSA Guidelines Training activities under the Academy on Social Security. The programs on offer include: Good Governance Information and Communication Technology Contribution Collection and Compliance Return to Work and Reintegration Administration Solutions for Coverage Extension Investment of Social … ———- Please continue reading

Booklet: Social Protection in Africa. Overview for policy-makers

The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) in association with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have published a Booklet on Social Protection targeted at Policy makers. The Booklet was launched at the 12th Annual Meeting of African Academies of Science (AMASA), in Johannesburg in November 2016. … ———- Please continue reading

SWAMMIWA Scoops the Drivers of Change Footprint Award 2017

The Swaziland Migrant Mine-workers Association (SWAMMIWA) has received renewed recognition, after winning the 2015 Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Award. SWAMMIWA walked away with the 2017 Drivers of Change Footprint Award for their telling contributions to the plight of Migrant workers in the region. SWAMMIWA’s agenda has been … ———- Please continue reading

Zambia Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

In April 2016 Zambia had the privilege to be visited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, as one of the countries chosen for her annual visits and assessments on the status of disability rights. The subsequent Zambia country report … ———- Please continue reading

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

Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) Tools Training – 15-17 December, 2016

Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) Tools Training – 15-17 December, 2016 The Interagency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) tools training was held from 15th- 17th December 2016. The training was meant to provide and share information on ISPA tools and their application in supporting social protection policy and programme reforms at … ———- 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

New Book: Developing the Right to Social Security – A Gender Perspective

In his book ‘Developing the Right to Social Security – A gender perspective’ Beth Goldblatt (University of Technology, Sydney) discusses the need to develop the right to social security to ensure that it is responsive to gender discrimination and disadvantage. The book develops a framework that he uses in a … ———- Please continue reading

Impacts of social protection programmes on children – GSDRC Report

The GSDRC recently published a Report which explores a range of literature and collates expert opinions to make a case for Child-sensitive social protection. The report answers questions regarding both positive and negative impacts of social protection programmes on children, scrutinizing the conditions and processes that cause these outcomes. It … ———- 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

ISCI Conference 2017 “Children in a World of Opportunities”

The Planning Committee of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) announces its 6th Conference “Children in a World of Opportunities: Innovations in Research, Policy and Practice” which will convene in Montreal, Canada on June 28-30, 2017. This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and child advocates from … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Country Workshop Tanzania

Tweet Social Protection Country Workshop (2016): “International Frameworks and National Policies” – United Republic of Tanzania 16th – 17th August, 2016 – Dar-es-salaam  Please find the programme and the Concept note of the Workshop if you click here. Conference Presentations Mr Daniel Kumitz, FES Zambia & SASPEN Coordinator: Scoping Social Protection: … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Country Workshop Tanzania

Between the 16th and the 17th of August 2016, SASPEN in cooperation with HelpAge International Tanzania HAI, Policy Research for Development (REPOA), the Tanzania Social Protection Network (TSPN), the Insitute for Finance Management (IFM), the University of Dar-Es-Salaam School of Law (UDSoL) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Dar-Es-Salaam and Lusaka/Zambia hosted a Social Protection Country Workshop … ———- Please continue reading

DIE: The political economy of cash transfers

An analysis of the Cash Transfer experiences of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America by the German Development Institute (DIE) explores the political economy behind designing and building these systems. This paper compares the consolidated experience of conditional cash transfers in Latin America with a variety of models of cash transfers … ———- Please continue reading

FAO: Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economy

A comprehensive analysis by the Food and Agriculture Ogranization (FAO) deals with the impacts of Social Cash Tranfsers on the local economy in sub-Sahara Africa. The FAO research is part of the project “from Protection to Production” and is set in seven different countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Lesotho. Our LEWIE … ———- 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

ILO Lusaka: SP Extension to the Informal Economy

A recent “Lessons Learnt Paper” of the International Labour Organization (ILO)  presents Field Research in four areas of informal economy in Zambia: This Paper gives some strategic options to extend social protection to workers in the informal economy in Zambia. It also gives an overview about the results of four … ———- Please continue reading

Effective Cash Transfers Improve Child Wellbeing – Family for Every Child

A recent report by Family For Every Child argues that the design of Cash Transfer Programmes is a key determinant to improving children’s wellbeing in poor families. Their infographic below synthesizes their key findings: http://www.familyforeverychild.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Synthesis_Cash4Care_Infographic.png Find the full report here Tweet

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

UCT CSSR: Social protection policies in Tanzania, 2000-2015

In a new working paper of the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) of the University of Cape Town, SASPEN Advisory Council Member Marianne S Ulriksen analyses the development of social protection policies in Mainland Tanzania between 2000 and 2005. Tanzania has recently scaled up a piloted conditional cash transfer … ———- 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

Rio+10: Social Protection for Sustainable Development

Following the South-South-Learning process the UNDP Rio+10 Centre organized in 2015 (see here and here) between the AU and Brazil, it has now published a comprehensive reader “Social Protection for Sustainable Development. Dialogues between Africa and Brazil” covering 10 chapters on social protection and sustainable development, economic emergence, social development, … ———- Please continue reading

UNRISD-Seminar: The Graduation Approach to Social Protection

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) will have an Research-Related Activity on 27 Jun 2016 at the United Nations Office at Geneva: This UNRISD Seminar will examine whether graduation, in the context of social protection schemes, is a viable way to help people move out of extreme … ———- 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