• 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.

The APSP continues work in support of vulnerable communities and groups by strengthening policy interventions and programme work. Given the SDGs commitment to strengthening social protection interventions, APSP took it upon itself to work closely with government and grassroots organisations to improve the quality of services being delivered under the social protection banner. With the support of the Commonwealth Foundation the APSP has embarked on a social accountability programme that is being undertaken collaboratively with the Government of Kenya and civil society oganisations.

A key component of the programme is capacity building within the areas of intervention as well as on the programmes to be assessed. The training workshop, which took place from the 21st - 22nd March 2017, brought together participants from Kajiado, Busia and Kilifi Counties. The workshop entailed a threefold approach. The first was a breakdown by the APSP on what the objectives of the programme were, the second a run through from the Ministry in charge of Social Protection on the different programmes in place and the third a training on the tools and strategies for use during the social audit exercise at the different counties.

The social audit exercise is a pilot on how empowering communities goes a long way in improving the quality of service delivery as well as holding the government accountable to the objectives of the programmes. The two fold approach creates an in-built sustainability component given the capacity building element as well as an ownership of the programmes as they are implemented in areas where the communities inhabit. The second component of the programme was to ensure that government agencies are brought on board from the get go as partners rather than adversaries. This rapport building allows the communities to better understand the programmes as well as craft both tools and messages that yield positive results.

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