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

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

Support UNRISD in funding crisis

Our Partner United Nations Research Institute for Social Protection (UNRISD) is facing a existential financial crisis at this moment and is asking for help by signing a letter of support. UNRISD does not receive funding from the regular budget of the United Nations. We depend on foundations, bilateral and multilateral … ———- Please continue reading

Transfer Project Workshop 2016

From April 6-8, 2016 the Transfer Project organized an international workshop for policy-makers, researchers and UN experts, national governments, research institutions and international organizations to discuss and promote the subject of government cash transfers in Africa and beyond. The 2016 workshop entered a new frontier for the Transfer Project, with the … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Diagnostic Tool: Agriculture and Social Protection Coherence

A new FAO disagnostic tool “Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection to Combat Poverty and Hunger in Africa” addresses the fundamental connection between social protection and people who depend on agriculture. It assists in identifying ways to strengthen the connection, as agriculture depending people are particularly exposed to the risk of poverty and food-insecurity. Agriculture and social … ———- Please continue reading

ILO: Assessment Based National Dialogue Tool to implement Social Protection Floors

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in cooperation with other UN agencies has launched a new instrument to support governments in the implementation of Social Protection Floors (SPF). In this, the “Assessment-based National Dialogue” (ABND) is the first step in the implementation of nationally defined SPFs. The tool is elaborated in Social protection assessment-based national … ———- Please continue reading

CSocD 54 Side-Event: Quest for Dignity

On February 8, 2016 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), the International Association School of Social Work (IASSW AIETS) and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) hosted a side event in at the 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development … ———- Please continue reading

UN Lesotho: Expanding Social Protection Faster Track to Ending Hunger

The United Nations in Lesotho has highlighted the connection between social protection, hunger alleviation and food security. The State of Food and Agriculture 2015 published by FAO today finds that in poor countries, social protection schemes – such as cash transfers, school feeding and public works – offer an economical way to provide … ———- Please continue reading

UN Report on Disability Barriers to Social Protection Systems

Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, has highlighted the need for states to make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities, rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty. In her report, the Special … ———- 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

SDGs and Development Agenda 2030 feature Social Protection

The UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York has adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. Read some news stories here (AllAfrica), here (theguardian) and here (SABC). Social Protection is featured in SDG #1. #5 and #10: Goal 1. End poverty in … ———- Please continue reading

Cichon: A Global Fund for Social Protection Floors

Michael Cichon, Professor of Social Protection at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance at the United Nations University and former Head of Social Protection at the ILO Geneva, lists eight reasons why a global fund for social protection is possible. 1) There already is a global consensus on social protection floors … ———- Please continue reading

Six UN Bodies Launch Platform for Rights-Based Social Protection

The new Social Protection and Human Rights Platform has been launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), the United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR), the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Research Institute for Social … ———- Please continue reading

UN-HCHR: Call for submissions: The right of persons with disabilities to social protection

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, is currently preparing a study to be presented at the 70th session of the General Assembly, in October 2015, on the right of persons with disabilities to social protection. The Special Rapporteur welcomes inputs, in accessible formats, in … ———- Please continue reading

Call for papers: UNU-WIDER Symposium on the Political Economy of Social Protection Systems

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) has started a new project ‘The Economics and Politics of Taxation and Social Protection’ which aims to examine system-wide impacts of social protection and tax systems in developing countries. The relevance of the subject arises from the fact that social … ———- Please continue reading