• 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

The APSP

Vision

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.

Delegates of a unique organisation inspired one another to make a difference in the lives of the poor and marginalised in Kigali on 22nd and 23rd October 2015. Delegates attending an inspirational conference organised by the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) in collaboration with the Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP), were united in their commitment to engage in ensuring the delivery of social protection across the continent. Forty (40) participants linking twenty two (22) countries across Africa were united in their view that the poor and vulnerable members of society lose most when the state fails to put in place adequate social protection measures for all.

 

Thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the conference participants engaged in lively deliberations on equity, social justice, human rights, inclusiveness, participation, governance and accountability. The deliberations revolved around the current development agenda including the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the linkage between Health and Social Protection.

Whilst the world celebrates the coming into being of the SDGs, the delegates recognised that policies are not enough without action. A major policy challenge for Africa today is how to broaden access to economic opportunities for its expanding population, including vulnerable groups. Africa requires structural transformation to propel it towards inclusive growth. Social Protection has been identified as one of the vehicles for ending poverty and civil society organisations (CSOs) play a key role in contributing to the design and development of these policies and programmes.

The resounding roar of civil society resolve to work for the African continent is underpinned by a staggering 836 Million people living in extreme poverty across the globe with a majority located in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. We must ensure that their voice is heard.

The delegates committed to collaborating with governments and other stakeholders to end poverty in Africa by leveraging their networks to bring the grassroots into policy making processes, take part in monitoring and evaluation of programmes, create awareness on rights and entitlement, advocating the development of prudent fiscal policies and enhancing participation of the people.

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