• 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.

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.



We, the representatives of twenty-three[1] (23) National Social Protection Platforms from across the continent of Africa and five[2] (5) African Governments and two (2) Development Partners, convened in Harare, Zimbabwe, under the auspices of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), from 31st October to 1st November 2013 to reflect and discuss on the theme “Grassroots Participation in Social Protection.”


The APSP Annual Delegates Conference will be held in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 31st Oct. and 1st November 2013 and it is being organized in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Social Protection Platform (ZSPP) and the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe. The annual event brings together government, Civil Society Organisations, national Social Protection Platforms, international development partners and intergovernmental organisations to reflect on APSP’s past and future prospects as well as the progress made in promoting Social Protection in Africa.


As Social Protection continues to grow in prominence, it is important to recognise the importance of complimentary programmes and more so in programming the accrues benefits to those most vulnerable. For instance, areas targeted for Social Protection also fall within the scope of smallholder households who mainly practice subsistence farming. Evidence shows that Social Protection, and particularly Cash Transfers enable these farmers increase access to credit, boost their savings and even address liquidity constraints. The linkages between agriculture and Social Protection go a long way and the Food and Agriculture Organisation's, From Protection to Production (PtoP) Unit draws these linkages for sub-Saharan Africa through a most incisive report that can be read here.

Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) is undertaking a research on the management (collection, storage, usage and dissemination) of the privacy of personal information in the Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT) programme in Kenya. A lot of information is being collected in the implementation of these programmes. However, there is limited knowledge on how information collected is handled. A number of countries across the continent have put in place human rights, media and information laws which up to now have not been adequately applied including in the area of Social Protection. Indeed, there are issues regarding the implementation of these laws with regard to general management and protection of personal information.


The need to enhance ownership and accountability in Social Protection mechanism is paramount to ensuring social justice and equity among the citizenry. A process owned by a people enhances accountability, efficiency and sustainability of a programme and in this case of Social Protection programmes. It is this thinking that informed the Delegates thinking during the Munyonyo Annual Delegates Conference that led participants to aptly come up with the theme for the Peer Exchange and Learning events for 2013. The theme chosen was "Grassroots Participation in Social Protection"

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