The Regional Peer Exchange and Learning Event is an annual activity organized by the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) in collaboration with the host government and the National Platform comprised of Civil Society Organizations focusing on Social Protection. The event aims at facilitating the sharing of lessons and experiences between Civil Society and relevant government ministries in the three regions of Africa i.e. West, East and Southern Africa.


The focus of the 2012 Southern Africa Exchange and Learning Event is to share and learn about what has been the contribution of Social Protection in the acceleration of the MDG 1 which focuses on Poverty, Employment and Hunger.  The three day event to be held in Lilongwe on a date to be agreed in September, 2012, is being organized by the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) in collaboration with the Council for Non Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) and the Social Protection Department in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in Malawi.


Malawi which recently joined the ranks of the select few countries with a female head of State, Her Excellency Joyce Banda, makes for African history. News of her ascending to power echoed across the globe and was warmly received in Social Protection circles as well as by its enthusiasts across the divide, given that she is hailed as a champion for the poor. Poverty alleviation which is at the heart of her reform agenda blows a gust in the Social Protection sail within the country.

Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, the Executive Director of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) was in Lilongwe, Malawi from 14th to 18th July 2012 to meet the different stakeholders in preparation for the Southern Africa Exchange meeting. Dr. Nhongo was glad to report the positive response he received from the visit. Preparations are now in earnest and we expect that the meeting will be a flurry of activities that will inform the Social Protection debate.

Malawi was a natural choice for Southern Africa given the different programmes that are running geared towards poverty alleviation and risk mitigation for the vulnerable. These programmes which are receiving tremendous government support include: cash transfers, microfinance programmes, school feeding programmes, public works programmes and a village savings & loan programme. Malawi provides great learning opportunities for Southern Africa countries for the mere fact that they have been able to adapt different programmes to suit their context. The Concept Note of the Meeting will soon be posted on our site therefore stay with us for more details on the meeting

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