27

Platforms

135

CSOs

9

Years

Welcome to African Platform for Social Protection

The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) is a pan African network of organizations operating at grassroots, national and regional levels, with a commitment to promoting and strengthening the social contract between states and citizens. To achieve this, the APSP promotes active engagement of National Platforms in the shaping of Social Protection policies, programmes and practices in Africa. APSP was established in 2008, and registered in Kenya in 2010. The mission is 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 pro¬grammes that make a difference in people’s lives in Africa. APSP has established 27 platforms to engage at national level

Our Programs

Advocacy & Action for policy/Law Framework

Advocacy & Action for policy/Law Framework

APSP exists to strengthen the contract between citizens and the state in the provision of social protection services. In order for governments to provide social protection programmes as a right, to APSP promotes the strengthening of social protection programmes through law and policy. APSP platforms are involved in advocacy for policy and legislative frameworks at

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Promoting Child Sensitive Social protection

Promoting Child Sensitive Social protection

Since 2015 APSP began promoting the integration of child sensitivity in existing SP programmes. APSP is building the capacity of its platforms to understand child sensitive social protection, generating evidence of the need of child sensitive social protection. There is an emerging recognition that beyond income poverty, a much larger proportion of children are faced

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Save the Children and APSP Partnership:sociaChild Sensetive l Protection. The“HOW” Document

Save the Children and APSP Partnership:sociaChild Sensetive l Protection. The“HOW” Document

Social protection is widely seen as a crucial component of poverty reduction strategies and efforts to reduce vulnerability to economic, social, natural and other shocks and stresses. While many social protection measures already benefit children without explicitly targeting them, awareness on consideration of children in the design, implementation and evaluation of social protection programmes can

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Social Protection and Grassroot Participation

Social Protection and Grassroot Participation

Social Protection as a tool to fight poverty and ensure inclusive growth is gaining increasing acceptance in Africa. However for Social Protection to be sustainable, demand t must come from the grassroots. The APSP and partner Platforms have prioritized grassroots participation at the various stages of Social Protection rollout – design, implementation, delivery and review.

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Social Protection Definition:

Social protection includes responses by the state and society to protect citizens from risks, vulnerabilities and deprivations. It also includes strategies and programmes aimed at ensuring a minimum standard of livelihood for all people in a given country. This entails measures to secure education and health care, social welfare, livelihood, access to stable income, as well as employment. In effect, social protection measures are comprehensive, and are not limited to traditional measures of social security. Africa Union (AU SPF, 2.3)

Social protection refers to public and private, or to mixed public and private measures designed to protect individuals against life-cycle crises that curtail their capacity to meet their needs. Social protection is broader than social security. It encompasses social security and social services, as well as developmental social welfare . Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC Code on Social Security, 2007).

TSocial protection is defined as: policies and actions, including legislative measures, that enhance the capacity of and opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to improve and sustain their lives, livelihoods, and welfare, that enable income-earners and their dependants to maintain a reasonable level of income through decent work, and that
ensure access to affordable healthcare, social security, and social assistance. Kenya Social Protection Policy 2011.

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