• APSP Staff and other participants complete an EPRI course on Social Protection
  • Field Visit during a training session on Social Protection in Mombasa, Kenya
  • Cash transfer programme for persons with disabilities in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Multigenerational faces of vulnerability
  • Older persons are among the vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Participants of the Western Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Dakar, Senegal
  • Cash transfer programme in Ghana
  • Plenary Session during the Eastern and Central Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Field Visit during the Southern Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Beneficiaries of Social Protection programmes show off entrepreneurial projects they have started since programmes commenced
  • Social Protection Programmes also look at children as a vulnerable group



An African continent free from poverty and vulnerability.

Mission Statement

To create partnerships with Civil Society and other organizations to engage with the Governments and International Development Agencies (IDAs) to develop and implement innovative Social Protection strategies and pro­grammes that make a difference in people’s lives in Africa.

Dr. Tavengwa M. Nhongo, Executive Director of the APSP, has been granted the honour of being a Jury Member for the 2014, Larissa Award. This great honour comes in the backdrop of the APSP's work on Social Protection and Children.

The Larissa Award is a biennial award dedicated to the memory of Larissa who passed away tragically at the age of five. During her short life, she brought immense pleasure to her family and friends. Larissa was highly sensitive, intelligent, kind, and generous in sharing her life and possessions. This award is in honour of one in five African children who die before their fifth birthday. Larissa would be content to know that this award bearing her name will advance the rights and well-being of children in Africa. The purpose of this award is to give recognition and encouragement to exemplary initiatives towards the rights and well-being of children in Africa.


The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi is holding a conference on "Social Protection in Africa" on November 12-13, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.  PASGR and IDS are inviting African researchers to submit abstracts that are based on empirical evidence on Africa on any of the following sub-themes:

  • Political economy of social protection policy uptake in Africa;

  • Governance mechanisms of non-state social protection;

  • Impact of social protection services (for example; cash transfer programmes);

  • Financing social protection: the role of state and non-state actors;

  • Gender dimensions of social protection programmes in Africa;

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Terms of Reference for Consultancy


The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) wishes to commission a comprehensive analysis of the Social Protection budget for children in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The aim is to get a clear picture of public spending in social protection, and to establish past, current and future trends and policy priorities. The findings and recommendations of this study will feed directly in the APSP’s and national platforms policy dialogue with the Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and other stakeholders working with children.




JOB TITLE: Project Officer

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel in Africa

DEPARTMENT: Programmes

REPORTING TO: Programmes Manager

KEY RELATIONS: Executive Director, Programme staff, Communication and Advocacy and Administration departments and National Platforms in 23 African countries.


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The Protocol on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa, developed by a Working Group of the Africa Commission for Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) since 2009, was adopted by the 4th Session of the Ministers in Charge of Social Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30th May, 2014. The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) which was represented at the meeting by Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director, is proud to have been among the team which was involved in the process. The Protocol will now follow the Africa Union channels for approval by the Heads of State and Government. “This is an important milestone for older persons of Africa as the protocol will go a long way in guaranteeing the rights of Older Persons. As with the Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing (2002) and the AU Social Policy Framework for Africa, Africa is leading the way in seeking comprehensive solutions for its older citizens" said Dr. Nhongo.

Following the launch of the SASPEN Network in 2013, the network has gone ahead to achieve a number of milestones, one of which is a publication that seeks to jolt the mind into thinking about the right mix in policy discussions around Social Protection definitions. What is practical versus feasible, is it possible to coerce an entity into a definition that is wide and all encompassing rather than negotiate from a point of limited resources? What is the value of a rights based approach in a Social Protection policy; especially when various stakeholders need to be consulted to effect a programme that delivers to the most vulnerable and poor? The paper looks at the different scenarios of Social Protection policy definitions while remaining neutral on "how best to" to enable discourse on the subject matter. For more details please click here.

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