Job Advertisement: SASPEN Network Coordinator

SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) is a not-for-profit loose network of stakeholders, scholars and consultants who engage with social protection in the SADC region. SASPEN was founded in Johannesburg on May 15, 2012 and formerly registered on August 16, 2017 under the laws of Zambia. Its overall objective … ———- Please continue reading

Rights-Based Social Protection: From Rhetoric to Action

56th UN Commission for Social Development Session, Side Event at the United Nations Headquarters, New York The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment, a member of the Society for Family and Social Protection, and the Africa Platform for Social Protection will be hosting … ———- Please continue reading

Job Advertisement: Technical Officer on Social Protection Knowledge Management and TRANSFORM in Lusaka, Zambia

The job advertisement for a Technical Officer on Social Protection Knowledge Management and TRANSFORM is hosted by ILO and includes amongst others the following tasks: Support peer-to-peer learning, exchange and knowledge development across countries in the region in the areas of focus of the project, coordinate the TRANSFORM initiative in the … ———- 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

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

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

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

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

Lusaka Conference: Industrial Relations, Negotations & Collective Bargaining

Labour legislation is one of the biggest issues around the world. In order to tackle its challenges in Zambia, MD INK invites stakeholders who are working labour standards and laws to a conference on the 29th and 30th of June 2016. While the employer has a fundamental right to run … ———- Please continue reading

IPC-IG: Scaling up Cash Transfer Programmes

A new policy brief (pdf, 176 KB) “Scaling up cash transfer programmes: Good practices and lessons learned from Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia” published by IPC-IG underlines the importance of monitoring and evaluating cash transfer programmes. Social cash transfer programmes are important and promising initiatives in the promotion of sustainable development and … ———- Please continue reading

Zambia Social Protection Week 2016

The Government of the Republic of Zambia is hosting a Social Protection Week 2016 through the Ministries of Community Development & Social Welfare and Labour & Social Security, May 16-20, 2016. The week comes with a number of public fora (‘open Sessions’) to which the public is invited, such as Tuesday, 9-13, Building … ———- 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

Zambia Cash Transfers: Continuous Rollout

At the Transfer Project Workshop in Addis Ababa, 6-8 April 2016, Director of Social Welfare of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare Zambia, Mr Stanfield Michelo, presented on the successive harmonization and progressive national rollout of the Zambian Social Cash Transfer Scheme. In his presentation he observed that by June … ———- 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

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

UNDP IPC-IG third collection of one-pager series

The UNDP IPC-IG has published the third collection of its well-known one pager series. The volume includes pieces on Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Zambia, and dozens of others. In celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2014, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has produced another … ———- Please continue reading

ESID: Politics of Social Protection in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya

The Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) project has presented 4 case studies on the “political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions” in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection … ———- 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

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

ILO Zambia Call for Proposals: Review of Social Protection Legislation

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is looking for a consultant to conduct a Review of Social Protection Legislation and Regulations for Coverage of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Agricultural and Construction Sectors of Zambia. In Zambia, the agricultural sector is the largest sector in terms of employment of … ———- Please continue reading

EU Social Protection Systems Programme launched

Today the Finnish Cooperation THL, the EU and the OECD launch the new EU Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS) in Paris. The programme’s goal is to support partner countries in building sustainable social protection systems that are nationally-owned. 10 developing countries are members (among them SASPEN countries Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania and … ———- Please continue reading

Zambia Rollout of Social Cash Transfers

The International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth of the UNDP (IPC-IG) has published a one-pager on Social Cash Transfer Scale-up for Zambia (78kb) authored by Mr Stanfield Michelo, Director for Social Welfare in the Zambian Ministry for Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH), in which the scale-up from a 159-household pilot … ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium: Progressive Social Policy and its Implementation

On June 25, 2015, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the 1st 2015 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Progressive Social Policy and its Implementation” with presentations by Former Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, Prof Herta Däubler-Gmelin and former Second Lady of Zambia, Dr Charlotte Harland … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN-PSP-FES International Workshop: Social Indices in the SADC Context

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) together with The Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lusaka (FES) hosted an international expert workshop on June 10-11 at Chaminuka Lodge, Lusaka themed Social Indices in the SADC Context Measuring: Inequality – Monitoring Resource Distribution – Promoting Justice. Click here to … ———- Please continue reading

Pictures of Index Workshop 2015


Social Indices in the SADC Context
Measuring Inequality – Monitoring Resource Distribution – Promoting Justice
International Expert Workshop, 10-11 June 2015

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APSP Newsletter VIII: Building Grassroots Capacity in Social Protection

The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) has published its 8th newsletter (pdf, 960kb), covering the time period January-April 2015. Themed “Building Grassroots Capacity in Social Protection” the newsletter covers stories from the DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also: The APSP is now a member of the Global Coalition for … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Zambia: How to Formalize Informal Economy for Social Protection

At the launch of the ILO, Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Workmen’s Compensation Fund Control Board joint project of extending social protection to the informal workers in the construction sector under the “Green Jobs” Programme of the United Nations and the Government of the Republic of Zambia, ILO Chief Technical Advisor for … ———- Please continue reading

GSDRC: Report on Disability inclusion in social protection

GSDRC‘s Brigitte Rohwerder published a report on disability inclusion in social protection. Among the cases examined in the report are Zambia and Uganda. While the Zambian programme does not specifically target people with disabilities, evaluations of the programme show that they have been included. The Community Welfare Assistant Committees responsible for the targeting … ———- Please continue reading

ESID Research on the Political Economy of Social Protection

With the proliferation of new social protection programmes and frameworks throughout the world, we also see more and more research on the political economy and politics of social protection. There is the ongoing research at the Centre for Social Research at the University of Cape Town, interest of the United … ———- Please continue reading

PSP Zambia Call for Proposals – Grievance Mechanism Consultancy

The Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSPZ) is calling for proposals for a consultancy to develop a manual for its upcoming UNICEF-funded independent grievance mechanism for the Zambian Social Cash Transfer Scheme. Please see the Terms of Reference here (pdf, 48kb). PSPZ introduces into the project: The Platform for Social … ———- Please continue reading

IDS Publication Zambian Government’s ‘Pro-Poor’ Social Protection Reforms

A new study on the political economy and prospects of social protection in Zambia was published at the IDS, University of Sussex, by Maria Klara Kuss. The abstract reads as follows: This paper analyses the prospects for social protection reform in Zambia under the ‘pro-poor’ government of the Patriotic Front … ———- 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

Zambia Social Protection Week 2014

From 29th September to 3rd October, the Platform for Social Protection (PSP) Zambia has held a Social Protection Week in Lusaka. The week was centered around the International Day of Older Persons on Wednesday, 1st October, in order to raise awareness about the needs but also the contributions of the … ———- Please continue reading