ISPA: Traning Opportunity in Resource Mobilisation

The institute for Social Policy in Africa (ISPA) is an international consulting company and Training Service Provider specialised in socioeconomic development as it applies to the African region. Established in South Africa in 2014, ISPA has a continental footprint and operates in Sub-Saharan Africa. ISPA has regional hubs in Rwanda, … ———- Please continue reading

Pick a Conference Theme – Opportunity for Network Members

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Zambia have been organizing the SASPEN Annual International Conferences on Social Protection in the SADC on different topical issues. The Annual SASPEN Conferences have become much sought after events attracting participation beyond the continent. The conferences bring together … ———- 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

Leila Patel: Social Welfare and and Social Development

A new publication by SASPEN Advisory Council Member and Director of the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) of the University of Johannesburg, Prof Leila Patel, titled “Social Welfare and Social Development” discusses social welfare practice in global and regional context. It addresses issues of poverty, unemployment and populations at … ———- 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

UCT CSSR: Social Policy in the Global South

In a series of new working papers the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) of the University of Cape Town explores welfare reform and social policy in countries across the Global South, particularly Southern Africa and other African countries. The series includes following titles: Tweet

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

Linkages Social Protection & Children’s Care

“Family for every Child” in conjunction with IDS, CSP and CINDI has published a research report regarding linkages of Child Support Grant (CSG) and Foster Child Grant (FCG) and children’s care in South Africa. Key findings of the report include the positive role the grants play in improving child well-being and care, but … ———- 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

South Africa plans National Health Insurance (White Paper)

South Africa has released a White Paper for an universal national health insurance (NHI) to cover all people. Implemented over a time-span of 14 years, it is to comprise following features: Universal access, mandatory pre-payment of health care, comprehensive services, financial risk protection, single fund, strategic purchaser, and single payer, with the principles … ———- Please continue reading

ILO paper (CSDA): Cash Transfers and Women Empowerment

Social protection plays a key role when it comes to gender equality and women’s empowerment and social protection floors. A recent ILO working paper by SASPEN activists Marianne Ulriksen and Sophie Plagerson (both CSDA) examines the relationship between cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and the empowerment of women in South Africa. The country study is … ———- Please continue reading

RSA Roundtable Social Protection for Informal Workers

A roundtable (pdf, 706kb) in the context of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) of South Africa on October 20, 2015, in Pretoria, discussed social protection for informal workers. As part of the roundtable, SASPEN AC member Stephen Devereux and Ina Conradie presented “Informal Work, Social Protection Gaps, and Policy Options” … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Briefs: Social Protection for Migrants

In SASPEN brief 2/2015 to 5/2015, four presenters from the 2014 SASPEN conference on Social Protection for Migrants explore crucial angles. Sally Peberdy of Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Johannesburg discusses social protection for “…informal sector cross border traders”. Read the brief here (pdf, 382kb). Rodreck Mupedziswa, Professor of Social Work, at … ———- 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

FAO PtoP: Recent Publications

The FAO Protection to Production (PtoP) team has been researching the local impact of social protection transfers on economy and empowerment. The topic of productivity gains from social protection is one of the sub-themes of the annual SASPEN conference themed on sustainability on October 20-21. Register here. The From Protection to … ———- 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

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

African Campaigners & Archbishop Tutu urge Social Protection for the aged

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the African Campaigners urge social protection for the aged. Led by South African Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the campaigners urged governments to establish policies and laws that enhance old people’s contribution to socio-economic development. “We must appreciate the contribution of old … ———- Please continue reading

From Dakar to Addis: AU Social Protection progress

The RIO+ Centre outlines the road from the Dakar Recommendations adapted on 8-9 April and the the First Session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Social Development, Labor and Employment (STC-SDLE-1) of the African Union (AU). Both documents will be discussed on the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the … ———- Please continue reading

Online discussion: Social Protection for forest-dependent people

In preparation of the side event on “Social protection for building resilience of forest dependent people” that will take place at the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Durban, South Africa, from the 7th to the 11th of September 2015, FAO is conducting an online discussion to gather views and experiences … ———- 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

Is Universal Basic Income Viable? – New blog post on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Universal Basic Income in Southern Africa – is it a viable alternative? Taku Fundira compares universal basic income grants in Southern Africa with targeted social cash transfers such as the Social Support Grant in Malawi. He argues that targeting has … ———- 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

Comparing Apples with Oranges – New blog entry on SASPEN INSIGHTS!

A new SASPEN INSIGHTS Blog is out! In ‘Comparing oranges with apples’, Marianne Ulriksen (University of Johannesburg), discusses the World Bank’s 2014 report ‘Poverty and Investing in People: The New Role of Safety Nets in Africa”. She cautions about its data basis and comparisons, for data can only be useful … ———- Please continue reading

African Union Experts on Children and Social Protection

In April the African Union Commission organized an Expert Consultation Meeting in Cape Town, hosted by the government of South Africa and UNICEF under the theme “Children and Social Protection Systems: Building the African Agenda”. The Recommendations of the meeting regarding Political Commitments, a minimum Social Protection Package, Financing Social Protection for Children, … ———- Please continue reading