• 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.


What does South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have in common? A lot perhaps, but in this case capacity building workshops on Social Protection that brought together Civil Society Organisations. The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) together with the National Platforms of South Africa and the DRC organised two day workshops to enable members have a common understanding of Social Protection to inform advocacy from both policies and programmes.

The workshops are informed by capacity needs that stem from National Platforms and which strengthen the development of social protection within the countries. South Africa and DRC exemplify the discourse of Social Protection on the African continent. Both lie at odd ends of the development spectrum but in the quest to address poverty and vulnerability both need Social Protection interventions.

In South Africa the National Platform is hosted by the South African National Non-governmental Organisations Coalition (SANGOCO) which is a pre-existing structure while the DRC started the National Platform from scratch. The differences notwithstanding, Social Protection is still regarded as a key tool in addressing poverty and vulnerability.

It is the view of the APSP that the development of Social Protection requires collaboration among the different actors to both harness expertise and knowhow in policy and programme implementation. National Platforms provide an excellent entry into Social Protection discourse as they hold varied expertise and articulate the voice of the citizenry.

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