• 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.



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.”



Acknowledge that since the African Union (AU) Ouagadougou Summit of 2004, a number of African countries are implementing Social Protection initiatives, which are helping to address poverty and vulnerability on the continent;

Cognisant of the fact that while countries in Africa are among the fastest growing economies in the world; poverty, food insecurity, man-made and natural disasters, the effects of HIV/AIDS and conflict, continue to increase the vulnerability of many individuals;

Recognise the pivotal role of grassroots participation in the promotion and roll-out of Social Protection policies and programmes to alleviate poverty in Africa;

Submit that governments, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s), the private sector and other stakeholders are partners in enhancing grassroots participation and should work together to:

a.       Enhance awareness and knowledge to stimulate demand for Social Protection as part of the social contract;

b.       Advocate national Social Protection Policies and strategies (where they do not already exist);

c.       Ensure the participation of all the citizens in shaping the debate on Social Protection including, policies, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation to increase transparency and accountability;

d.       Develop and implement universal Social Protection schemes, to ensure that vulnerable groups are covered;

e.       Ensure that Social Protection interventions are nationally owned and contextualised for relevance, ownership and sustainability where the grassroots are empowered to participate;

f.        Research and document evidence of what works and what does not work – and share widely;

g.       Advocate increased national budget allocation and corporate social responsibility to ensure sustainability of comprehensive Social Protection systems;

h.       Ensure that grassroots participation in Social Protection explicitly includes the active participation of all vulnerable groups

Harare, Zimbabwe, 1st November, 2013


[1] Australia, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan,  South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

[2]Liberia, Niger, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe


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