• 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.

One group of persons often overlooked in Social Protection programmes is that of disabled persons. The Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP) which is at the forefront of pushing for the protection of vulnerable groups in society is joined by the European Union in its thinking who through their Communication of August 2012, on Social Protection argue that Social Protection is one of the ways of ensuring inclusion in the development agenda. APSP adds on to that thinking by arguing further that this inclusiveness yields sustainability by harnessing different strengths from these different segments of society. Many African countries are only just waking up to the fact that disabled persons are highly excluded from participation in society, with many traditional practices sidelining many disabled persons. The now famous “Disability in not Inability” statement is no longer a mere statement for musing and dismissing, the now famous Olypian from South Africa, Oscar Pistorius who competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics proved just that. Efforts to have more and more disabled persons included in the development agenda of many countries are now underway.

The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities, is a key champion of these efforts. The Executive Director of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, was invited to Pretoria, South Africa to take part in a meeting to “Develop the Disability Architecture for the African Decade for Disability”. The meeting that run from 28th August to 1st September 2012, brought together fifteen (15) experts from different fields to deliberate over a way forward on this issue. Participants were drawn from the APSP, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Sight Savers, University of Pretoria, Pan-Africa Parliament and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

Dr. Nhongo teamed up with Mr. Thomas Ongolo to make a presentation on African Union (AU) Policies and Strategies, including how best to effectively engage the Pan-African organisation. This preliminary meeting looked at how to bring on board the AU and member states in addressing a cross thematic framework post the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) specifically addressing challenges faced by disabled persons. In particular, the meeting sought to get started on an engagement strategy post the 2015 deadline of the MDGs that will bring in Disabled Persons into national consultations as well as influence High Level Policy makers. Fundamentally, a range of post-2015 response strategies need to be formulated in preparation for the conclusion of the MDGs.

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