• 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.

Numerous opportunities to engage with UN and AU human rights mechanisms exist but largely bypass Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in East Africa because of an inadequacy of training and information. This has meant that national civil society actors working in the field have not effectively penetrated or entrenched within advocacy intiatives. The proposed workshop aims at bridging the knowledge gap and ensuring a sustainable engagement in the context of economic, social and cultural rights. The workshop is targeting approximately 24 members of CSO from Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan to participate in the training.

Please find here a detailed information sheet as well as an application form for those wishing to take part in the conference

In light of the travel advisories and multiple suspension of flights to West Africa due to the Ebola Virus, and as a precautionary measure to reduce risk of exposure, the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) is postponing the Annual Delegates Conference which was slated for the 8th - 10th September 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference has been postponed until further notice. Subsequent information on the same will be communicated in due time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The Larissa Awards 2014 are open and the dates are coming to a close fast. Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director of the APSP, who is part of the Jury that will select the recipient of the Award is excited about the prospect of recognising great work done on the continent. This year's theme "Child Deprivation and Vulnerability" is of particular interest to the APSP as we continue to work on child centred issues. Please download and fill out the forms from the link  in French and English to nominate your candidates of choice. Remember time is running out.

Earlier this year we ecstatically reported of the adoption of the Protocol on the Rights of Older Persons by Africa Union Ministers in charge of Social Development. The APSP which was actively involved in the development of the Protocol by input of the Executive Director, Dr. Tavengwa M. Nhongo, is similarly pleased to report on the development of the Draft Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. An introspective look at the machinations of policy development reveals a long protracted process that is characterized by consultations with the various communities of interest. Read the Concept Note and Draft Protocol here


As part of a two year programme on “Strengthening Social Protection to Prevent and Mitigate the Impact of HIV/AIDS, and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa” being implemented in consortia by the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) with support from SIDA-NORAD.



The participants at the AU Expert Consultation Meeting on Children and Social Protection Systems in Africa, gathered in Cape Town from 28th to 30th April 2014, under the theme: ‘Children and Social Protection Systems: Building the African Agenda’, and deliberated on the challenges facing the African child, the benefits of, and the need for social protection policies, measures and systems that are responsive to the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable.


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