• 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.

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

Between 21st and 22nd August, Dr. Nhongo was at it again,as he travelled to South Africa to take part in the Roundtable organized by the Africa Disability Alliance which attracted stakeholders from across the African continent despite travel restrictions on account of the Ebola virus scare. Dr. Nhongo who is a member of the Working Group that is drafting the protocol was joined by Commissioner Mute, Mr. A. K. Dube. The Africa Union Commission was adequately represented by Dr. Strijdom and Mr. Kesamang. The meeting was punctuated by a working dinner that was graced by the Deputy Minister for Social Development in South Africa, Henrietta Zulu. The Minister pointed out that the opportunity was rife to develop a truly African document that reflected contextual realities (peace, disease, education, health, research etc.). More importantly, the Protocol she insisted had a chance to include pertinent issues left out of the CRPD.

The Roundtable was unanimous about the need for the Protocol and although consultation and deliberations on the draft are still on-going key issues that have been singled out for inclusion include:

  • Right to life and right to security of person
  • Right to access justice
  • Right to education
  • Right to access the highest attainable standard of health
  • Rehabilitation and Habilitation
  • Right to work
  • Right to adequate standard of living and right to social protection
  • Self representation etc.

Notable is the inclusion of the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to social protection, has become a crucial factor for survival for many persons living with disability. Numerous challenges exist especially in regard to attaining an adequate standard of living. Challenges from; poor infrastructure allowing access to educational facilities, access to health services, equal opportunities for employment, access to credit and other financial services etc. means that many persons living with disability recourse to social assistance packages that are ill funded and often lack linkages with other essential services. The inclusion of Social Protection is a great under rider in the quest to improve the living conditions of persons living with disability, placing a much needed safety net to cushion against indignity of exclusion.

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