• 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 Uganda Platform for Social Protection met the Parliamentary Forum on Social Protection at Parliament on Friday, 17th August, 2012 with the aim of lobbying government to allocate more funds for the ongoing Social Protection Programmes, especially the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE).

 

The meeting; chaired by Hon. Flavia Kabahende; was attended by 15 Members of Parliament and 32 representatives of Civil Society Organisations. In his brief remarks, Dr Tavengwa Nhongo, the Executive Director of the APSP, congratulated Uganda for winning the gold medal in the marathon during the London Olympics and thanked the Parliamentary Forum for agreeing to meet the CSO’s and for listening to their concerns. He said that Social Protection was a right as enshrined in all international and continental declarations, conventions and charters that include the Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the African Union’s Charter on Human and People’s Rights. He mentioned that the Social Protection discourse was talking place in nearly 40 countries of Africa but countries were at different levels of implementation of programmes. Commending the Ugandans for the great strides it has taken in implementing the programmes in the different districts. He noted that the implementation of programmes on SP and the provision of government funding was a matter of political will. Every government can afford to put in place some Social Protection programmes for their citizens. He gave examples of Lesotho, Zambia, Kenya and Rwanda where governments were making strides in setting up programmes for their people. He noted that Lesotho, for instance, implemented their programme against the advice of the international donors in 2004 but is still managing it up to now.

 

Alfred Nuamanya, the Chairman of the Uganda Platform for Social Protection, outlined the concerns of Ugandan CSO’s which were contained in the statement that had been issued in the print and electronic media.

 

All the Parliamentarians present agreed that Social Protection was important and that the government should make urgent steps to implement programmes. They were going to lobby their colleagues, Ministers and His Excellency, the President to seek ways in which funding for the ongoing SAGE can be secured and then push for the rolling out of the SAGE nationally.

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