• 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.

Since 2011, the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), and its National Platforms worked closely with the national governments of various countries to develop Social Protection (SP) policies. The aim was to train and mentor various government and Civil Society Organizations’ staff on designing SP relevant pogrammes. Part of the process also involved developing SP budget line, costing and monitoring. Further, the APSP continued, through advocacy, training, facilitating SP debates and participation in awareness raising activities, to support governments to improve or expand their Social Protection interventions.

Even though there are programmes that exist on Social Protection and Poverty, there is still very minimal research conducted in this area in Africa.

Approach and Results

The key result is that most governments in Africa have finally accepted SP as key in reducing poverty, ending marginalization and achieving inclusive growth. Some of the additional results include:

• Kenya government has maintained an increase in budgetary allocation for the three cash transfer programmes targeting Older persons , Persons with Severe Disabilities and OVC;

• Malawi’s National Social Support Programme was reaching 26,000 households by end of 2014;

• In Ghana, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty expanded to reach 150,000 beneficiaries;

• Sierra Leone’s New Social Safety Net Programme now gives 126,000 people cash grants;

• Zanzibar has rolled out a non conditional pension plan for the older persons;

• Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania and several countries on the continent are trying out different pieces of social protection with the support from their national state budgets and the International Community.

• There is need to provide guidelines for mainstreaming Social Protection into various government agencies and CSO plans;

• The governments should take it upon themselves the task of putting in place policies and guidelines that support SP;

• Budgetary Provisions should be clearly provided for in order to facilitate effective and sustainable SP initiatives.

 

Conclusion

For effective and sustainable Social Protection initiatives that may lead into significant poverty reduction, policies and budgetary provisions must be entrenched in government policies and strategies. It is very difficult to implement SP without supportive policy environments and budgetary provisions that are done from the government’s level. Civil Society Organization’s also need to have such plans entrenched within their guiding documents that complement the national government.

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