The Annual Strategy Meeting of the Global Coalition on Social Protection Floors was held on 15th -17th January 2018, at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, in Nairobi. The meeting brought together 47 participants , drawn from different regions and countries in the world. These countries include the United Kingdom(UK), United States of America (USA), Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, India, DR Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Gambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal, Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Kenya . The theme of the meeting was Opportunities and Challenges in Implementing Social protection floors. Some of the recommendations include
- Promoting international advocacy for Social Protection Floors
- Promoting universal coverage of social protection.
- Initiating a global campaign on Social protection Floors.
- Use of international instruments to strengthen advocacy.
- Mapping actors of Social Protection Floors at different levels.
APSP PARTICIPATES IN THE BIENNIAL SOCIAL PROTECTION CONCERENCE IN KENYA.
The Bi-ennial social protection conference in Kenya took place between 20th – 23rd March 2018. APSP was a major stakeholder in the preparations of the conference that brought together social protection practitioners, researchers, beneficiaries, policy makers. The theme of the conference was “Scaling up social protection for the Delivery of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Achievement of SDGs. Thematic areas of discussion included Enhancing complementarities in social protection, Sustainable financing for social protection, social protection as an adaptive response to climate, integrating ICT in design, monitoring and evaluation, and social protection in a changing world among others.
THE SOUTHERN AFRICA SOCIAL PROTECTION EXPERTS NETWORK (SASPEN CONFERENCE).
The annual SASPEN conference 2018 was held in Johannesburg South Africa from 2nd -5th May 2018. The theme of the conference was “Rethinking Social Protection for Inclusive Social and Economic Development: Agenda 2030”. The thematic areas of discussions included International and regional frameworks on social protection, Country experiences in Social protection, social protection policies in addressing poverty and inequalities, the state of social protection in Africa, shock responsiveness, Promoting Child Sensitive Social protection and the politics and economics of social protection policy implementation.
Dissemination of Child Poverty and Deprivation Study of 10 countries in East and Southern Africa.
Africa Platform for Social protection (APSP) and Save the Children International (ESARO) have conducted a study on child vulnerability and deprivation in select countries in East and Southern Africa. The aim of the study is to enhance the understanding of child poverty and deprivation among civil society organizations and policy makers. Countries in the study are Angola, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Somalia. The analysis provides information on worst indicators in child wellbeing in each of the 10 countries, as well as recommendations for enhanced realization of child wellbeing in the specific countries and in the region. The specific objectives of the study are:
- To generate information on the incidence, types and levels of child deprivation and vulnerability in selected ESARO countries in ESARO.
- To examine the level of deprivation in the countries of focus and what this means in terms of addressing child poverty.
- To support CSO’s to demand for Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) as well as provide recommendations that will inform the mainstreaming of CSSP into national policies and programs.
The study was launched in Lilongwe, Malawi and dissemination of the findings continues to take place in different countries in Africa.
Dissemination forum in Harare Zimbabwe
The Dissemination forum of the child poverty and deprivation study took place in Harare Zimbabwe on 29th May 2018. Some of the issues identified for child sensitive social protection in Zimbabwe include:
- Advocacy for domestic funding of education and making it suitable for all even those with disabilities.
- The alignment of children’s laws with the national constitution, regional and global conventions.
- Addressing child labor.
- Removal of User fees in the Health Sector to promote access to health by poor and vulnerable families.
- Advocacy for the implementation of feeding programs in schools.
- Advocating for child grants.