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

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

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

ILO Lusaka looking for Feasibility Study Consultant – Extension Informal Workers

ILO Lusaka is looking for a consultant to conduct a Feasibility study on extension of Social Security coverage to smallholder farmers and casual agriculture workers in the informal economy in Zambia (Reference N°2016-1224204]. Please see relevant documents below and if interested contact ILO Lusaka at the contact points provided in the documents. wcms_515358 tors-on-introduction-of-levy-construction_30082016 … ———- 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

India: Right-Based Approach to Rural Social Protection

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in India implements a rights-based approach to provide social protection and employment. The new approach is part of the public social protection scheme created to cover and provide employments and social security especially for those people who work in rural settings. MGNREGA … ———- Please continue reading

Development Pathways: How Uber challenges SP systems

Uber is transforming taxi markets and rapidly growing in countries like South Africa. Often hailed as a new way to increase flexibility and convenience, Uber has also long been criticized for undermining regulatory and social protections systems and even been challenged in court in countries with strongly regulated taxi markets. … ———- Please continue reading

Kenya’s Single Registry: Webinar

A recent webinar hosted by on Kenya’s “Single Registry for Social Protection” demonstrates how the tool improves social accountability. Kenya’s integrated registry was created in order to assist and help the social protection sector in planning and coordination and evaluates the four main cash transfer services of the country. To watch the webinar … ———- Please continue reading

AU Conference: Financing Social Protection in Africa

On April 3, 2016 the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission hosted a meeting “Opportunities and challenges in financing social protection in Africa” in Addis Ababa. Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and international partners such as ILO, UNDP, ECA, UNICEF, EU, World Bank, WHO, … ———- Please continue reading

ILO working paper: Right to Social Security and Right to Food

A new ILO working paper “Realising the Right to Social Security and the Right to Food” by SASPEN AC member Prof Stephen Devereux examines how National Social Protection Floors can be a contribution to social security and the right of adequate food for all. The paper particularly reflects experience of Ethiopia and India. In the … ———- Please continue reading

Book Launch: International Instruments of Social Protection

On Oct 20, at the occasion of the annual SASPEN conference, a new milestone publication in two volumes, edited by the Centre for International & Comparative Labour and Social Security Law, CICLASS at the University of Johannesburg and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia and authored by Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi and Dr Mathias … ———- Please continue reading

Development Pathways: New Publications

Development Pathways has shared several new publications: ‘Establishing Comprehensive National Old Age Pension Systems’. This paper describes and explains the policy options available to developing countries committed to offering universal pension coverage and maximising the incomes of older people. Read the full abstract here or find the publication here, pdf. … ———- 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

World Bank: Universal Access to Social Protection

In January, the World Bank Group together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced a mission and a plan of action towards universal access to social protection. Dr. Arup Banerji, the World Bank’s Senior Director for Social Protection and Labor, comments on the announcement and shares his thoughts on how universal … ———- Please continue reading

Zambia: Mobile Registration Campaign

The National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) and the Worker’s Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) are currently carrying out a mobile registration campaign to extend social security coverage to workers in the construction sector. The campaign is financially and technically supported by the ILO-led Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP). The comprehensive … ———- Please continue reading

allAfrica: Facts On Social Protection and Safety Nets

allAfrica has published a list of 15 key facts on the link between social protection, hunger, nutrition and climate change adaptation in Africa. Social protection policies and programmes play a critical role in reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition and the World Food Programme (WFP) supports nutrition- and climate-sensitive social protection … ———- 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

SASPEN Brief – Patrick Taran: Extending Social Security to Migrants

In the first ever SASPEN brief 1/2015, Patrick Taran of Global Migration Policy Associates Geneva elaborates a roadmap for “Extending Social Security to Migrants in Southern Africa”. Read the brief here (pdf, 410kb). The SASPEN brief is a series of research and policy briefs published by the Southern African Social … ———- 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

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

Addis Ababa SDLE Declaration calls for AU Protocol on Social Protection

In the DRAFT ADDIS ABABA DECLARATION ON SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT the Ministers in Charge of Social Development, Labour and Employment of African Union Member States, among many further items, commit themselves to Fully pursue the rights-based approach to social protection and social security for our citizens, aiming at … ———- Please continue reading

SWAMMIWA seeks support: social security for migrant mineworkers

The Swaziland Migrant Mineworkers Association (SWAMMIWA) is seeking partners and resources to establish health and social security projects to assist migrant mineworkers in Swaziland and South Africa suffering from HIV and TB. The importance of the issue has been highlighted by SWAMMIWA General Secretary Vama Jere: “SWAMMIWA had been doing … ———- Please continue reading

UN CESCR adopts statement in support of Social Protection Floors

On 6 March, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) adopted the “Statement on social protection floors: an essential element of the right to social security and of the sustainable development goals” and has thereby anchored social protection more strongly in a human rights framework. The statement … ———- Please continue reading

ISLSSL World Congress in Cape Town 15-18 Sept. 2015 – Call for Abstracts

This year the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) will host the World Congress for the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) in Cape Town on 15-18 September 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Abstracts can be submitted until 15 March, and should address … ———- Please continue reading

Website-Launch of the Social Protection Floors Coalition

Yesterday, the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors Website was launched. The coalition promotes the right of all people residing in a country to social security, regardless of documentation. The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors was created in summer 2012 following on a workshop on the ILO’s social protection … ———- Please continue reading

Can human rights be delivered progressively? New Blog Post on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Does progressive realisation impact on the human rights approach to social protection? Taku Fundira discusses the pros and cons of progressive approaches to social protection coverage. While gradually scaling up from basic coverage for the most vulnerable towards more broad-based … ———- Please continue reading

Public Works Social Protection or Scapegoat? New Blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new SASPEN INSIGHTS Blog is out! In Why public work isn’t social protection, but just a scapegoat, Marianne Ulriksen challenges the prominent trend to combat under- and unemployment through public works schemes. She argues that while public works may be a tool in employment creation, it should not substitute … ———- Please continue reading

World Social Security Day: ILO World Social Protection Report 2014/2015

On the occasion of the World Social Security Day the ILO has published its 337-page World Social Protection Report 2014/2015. According to the report, more than 70 percent of the world population lack proper social protection. The report can be directly downloaded here (pdf, 17.7mb). Tweet

Pictures Malawi Workshop

Pictures from the Workshop “Social Protection in Malawi. International Frameworks and National Policies”, November 12-14, 2013, in Lilongwe Malawi. ———- Please continue reading

International Social Protection Workshop in Malawi

On November 12-14, 2013, in Lilongwe, Malawi stakeholders from the Malawi government, trade unions and employers, political parties, civil society, the United Nations and international cooperating partners convened for a SASPEN workshop on social protection – international frameworks and national policies – which was jointly organized with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung … ———- Please continue reading