Workshop on Indigenous Social Security Systems and Government Policies

On March 8-9 2016, The University of Johannesburg hosted an international workshop on Indigenous Social Security Systems and Government Policies: Perspectives from Southern and West Africa. Download the concept note here and the workshop programme here.

Nonetheless, even though there are many scholars, governments and other actors advocating for more social security systems in Africa, there seems to be a dearth of actions that seek to bring into the mainstream Indigenous Social Security Systems. Momentarily, it seems as if the main social security forms that are being envisaged in Africa are the formal and Eurocentric models. Given the foregoing, there are also not many intellectual forays into the area of Indigenous Social Security Systems in Africa and how they can be interlinked with government formal programmes. The work by Devereaux and Getu (2013) begins to cast some light on this issue whereby it seeks, among others things, to analyse the synergy between informal and formal social protection systems, that is, how both systems function and supplement each other in a transparent and successful manner, whilst avoiding duplication of effort, wastage, abuses and misuse of limited resources. However, this work proffers a panoramic view of this issue and does not seem to delve deeper into government policies’ synergies with Indigenous Social Security Systems, especially in the Southern and West African regions as this study intends to do.

All workshop proceedings have been shared with the SASPEN website and are included below.

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In the front row, from left to right – Prof. Emmanuel Boon (University of Vrije/Ghana), Prof. Ndangwa Noyoo (University of Johannesburg), Dr. Shahana Rasool (University of Johannesburg), Prof. Edwell Kaseke (University of the Witwatersrand). Back row, from left to right: Mr. Prince Mokoena (University of Johannesburg), Ms. Pearl Hlathswako (University of Johannesburg), Mr. Mzwandile Sobantu (University of Johannesburg), Ms. Boitumelo Seepamore (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Mr. Clement Dlamini (University of Swaziland) and Ms. Lungile Mabundza (University of Swaziland).

The organizers summarized the workshop as follows

UJ hosts Indigenous Social Security Systems and Government Policies workshop

The Department of Social Work at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted an international workshop on Indigenous Social Security Systems and Government Policies: Perspectives from Southern and West Africa. The two-day workshop took place on the 8th and 9th March 2016 in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Delegates presented papers which reported on on-going research studies in the two African regions.

The former studies sought to establish whether national governments in Southern and West Africa, incorporated Indigenous Social Security Systems in their public policy-making endeavours.

The International Workshop on Indigenous Social Security Systems, drew participants from Southern and West African countries.

On the first day, most of the deliberations noted that initiatives on the African continent that aimed at emboldening social security systems were mainly couched in Eurocentric paradigms. Participants were of the view that Indigenous Social Security Systems should underpin African countries’ efforts at strengthening social security systems on the African continent.

On the second day, more papers examined Indigenous Social Security Systems. The latter part of the workshop focused on the way forward. Key among other things discussed were the following: the workshop was going to be an annual event with the next one taking place next year in Accra, Ghana; publication of the papers as chapters in a book and a motion was also tabled and adopted that the East African bloc should be included after the Accra workshop. Other issues discussed were the dissemination of the research findings to a wider audience through press releases and policy briefs and bringing on board a cross-section of key stakeholders.

The key drivers of the project are Professor Ndangwa Noyoo (Associate Professor) who is from the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Social Work; Professor Emmanuel Boon, from the Department of Human Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium (also based at the University of Ghana); and Ms. Lungile Mabundza from the University of Swaziland’s Department of Sociology and Social Work.

 

The Presentations of the international workshop of indigenous social security systems in Southern and Western Africa:

Prof. Edwell Kaseke: Indigenous Social Security Systems in Zimbabwe and their contribution to social protection, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (2.21 MB).

Dr. Albert Ahenkan: Social Protection Policies in Ghana: Prospects and Challenges, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (169 KB).

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Boon: Indigenous Social Security Systems: Challenges and Prospects for the Development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Ghana, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (184 KB).

Laura Weidmann (MA) – Presented by: Prof. Ndangwa Noyoo: Indigenous Social Security Systems in Postcolonial Namibia: A basis of legitimacy for Traditional Authorities here, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (1.2 MB).

Prof. George Mpedi: Indigenous Social Security Systems: A South African Perspective.

Prof. Ndangwa Noyoo, Co-reseacher and co-author (Ms. Beatrice Sakala): Indigenous Social Security System in Zambia: Advancing a Public Policy Agenda, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (201 KB).

Dr. Adesoji Oni: Indigenous Social Security Systems in Nigeria: Policies, Problems and Prospects.

Dr. Justice N. Bawole: NGOs and Social Protection in Ghana: The Hope for Ages to Come?, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (211 KB).

Dr. El Hadj Malick Sy Konaré: The Concept of “Tontine” as endogenous system of social security: The Case of Senegal.

Dr. Elizabeth Yeboah: Indigenous Social Security Systems: Challenges and Prospects for the Development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Ghana.

Mr. Clement Dlamini, Ms. Lungile Mabundza: Indigenous Social Security Systems in Swaziland: Community Resilience and Empowerment, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (53.7 KB).

Mr. Martin Njekang: Social inclusion and Identity: Indigenous social security systems in Cameroon and Liberia.

Dr. Agness Arrey: The Challenge of HIV/AIDS and Indigenous Social Security System: The Case of Cameroon, Keynotes PowerPoint click here (76.8 KB).

Ms. Boitumelo Seepamore: Indigenous Social Security Systems in South Africa, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (381 KB).

Prof. Zitha Mokomane: Indigenous Social Security Systems in Botswana, for Keynotes/PowerPoint click here (275 KB).


You can contact the key drivers of the project Professor Ndangwa Noyoo (Associate Professor) ndangwan@uj.ac.za and Professor Emanuel Boon eboon@vub.ac.be

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