• 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.

Social protection has been initially implemented as welfarist support to poor people especially in Europe, however   in the past decade; Social protection has grown across countries in Africa, with positive impact on a range of wellbeing indicators.
 The Kenya Constitution recognizes Social Protection and related measures that safeguard the citizens from shocks and potential to interrupt income as a right. This is explicitly explained in the National Social Protection Policy of 2011.
 
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Introduction

Social Protection (SP) is defined differently by different Social Protection actors, depending on their areas of emphasis, targeting methods, or outcomes sought. The African Platform for Social Protection (APSP) defines Social Protection as a set of policies and programmes designed and implemented by the state and other stakeholders to reduce poverty and vulnerability by cushioning people’s exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to protect themselves against shocks and interruption or loss of income, and promoting their ability to come out of poverty.

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 Social Protection (SP) is defined differently by different Social Protection actors such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF, the World Bank and the African Union, depending on their areas of emphasis, targeting methods, or outcomes sought. The African Platform for Social Protection (APSP) defines Social Protection as a set of policies and programmes designed and implemented by the state and other stakeholders to reduce poverty and vulnerability by cushioning people’s exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to protect themselves against shocks and interruption or loss of income, and promoting their ability to come out of poverty.

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Background

Social Protection (SP) as a tool to fight poverty and ensure inclusive growth is gaining increasing acceptance in Africa and the world. Actors in SP such as the APSP, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, the World Bank and the African Union define SP differently depending on their areas of emphasis, targeting methods or outcomes sought. But there is a common theme that runs through all these definitions: SP aims to provide a basic level of support to the most vulnerable members of society in order to cushion them from shocks resulting from economic downturns, droughts or rise in food prices.

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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.

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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.

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